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37 Million Bees Dead After GMO Seeds Planted Nearby

37 million bees found dead after GMO seeds planted nearby

Over 37 million bees have been found dead in Canada after GMO corn was planted recently in the local area. 

According to local beekeeper, Dave Schuit, since the GMO corn was planted close to his farm he lost over 37 million bees as a direct result.

Anonhq.com reports:

According to reports, Schuit and other local beekeepers believe neonicotinoids, or “neonics” are to blame for the influx of bee deaths.

Around 37 million bees at a farm in Canada have died after GMO corn was planted in the nearby area, according to a local beekeeper.

Dave Schuit, a beekeeper who produces honey in Elmwood, Canada, claims that since GMO corn was planted in the nearby area, his farm has lost around 37 million bees (approximately 600 hives). According to reports, Schuit and other local beekeepers believe neonicotinoids, or “neonics” are to blame for the influx of bee deaths.

Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, two of Bayer CropScience’s most widely used pesticide, both contain neonics and have been linked with many large-scale bee ‘die-offs’ in both European and U.S. countries. However, despite the dangers associated with the use of this chemical, the pesticides are still regularly used and sold on the market.

Despite their size, the impact bees have on the environment is almost unparalleled. In fact, bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.

In 2010, bees helped provide over $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S alone – estimated to be roughly one third of the food we eat. As a result, it is not hard to see that bees are needed to sustain our modern food system.

However, despite their obvious importance in our ecosystem, bee populations have been rapidly dropping over the past few decades. In fact, 44 percent of honeybee colonies in the United States died off last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last month.

In the past, scientists have tried to conclude why bee populations are in rapid decline. While it is not been proven that pesticides directly kill the bees that come into contact with the chemical, many scientists believe there is a strong link between the use of the pesticide and a phenomenon they refer to as “colony collapse disorder” (CCD).

We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,” said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory.

While the cause of CCD is still widely debated, some believe that “the neonicotinoid pesticides are coating corn seeds, and with the use of new air seeders, are blowing pesticide dust into the air when planted.”

However, according to a new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, neonicotinoid pesticides kill honeybees by damaging their immune system and making them unable to fight diseases and bacteria.

Although we are unable to definitively determine what is causing the terminal decline of bee populations around the world, using all the scientific evidence that is currently available, it is clear that pesticides are having a significantly negative effect on bee populations.

In fact, it seems more and more countries are also beginning to accept this idea. Canada has banned the use of Imadacloprid on sunflower and corn fields; France has rejected Bayer’s application for Clothianidin; Italy has now banned certain neonicotinoids; and the European Union has banned multiple pesticides.

At this moment in time, EU scientists are reviewing the EU-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides. By the end of January 2017, the EU scientist will finish their risk evaluation and determine the status of the chemical.

Although the United States have yet to follow suit, several states – including California, Alaska, New York, and Massachusetts – are currently considering legislation that would ban neonicotinoids. In fact, just last month Maryland came the first state to pass a neonic-restricting bill; Maryland’s Pollinator Protection Act  has eliminated consumer use of neonicotinoids in the state.

  • Mira

    if the bees die, humans are next.

    • KasichRubio

      Oh goodness, you liberals have to be the dumbest people on the planet.

  • Roz Pearson

    I heard that this is a bullshit article. If so you are not helping the cause.

  • jamie jeffries

    No more strawberries, apples, squash & pumpkins, etc. without our hard-working bees. Maybe they could put more BATS to work pollinating, but they are falling dead from some unknown cause too.

    • Gunther Lily

      Bats are being killed by the poisons we spray for mosquitoes. A staple of the american bat diet.

    • KasichRubio

      Was just at the supermarket…full of apples, squash, pumpkins.

  • disqus_BglexnIiXv

    Did you read that article ? It says that GMO corn caused the bees death. Then it goes on to talk about NeoNic pesticide causing bee death and it states that Neo Nics are banned in Canada where this happened. So it wasnt Neo Nics and I can find no part of this article that states what aspect of GMO Corn was related to the Bee deaths. What am I missing here? I will go back and read again. I can be slow on the uptake sometimes.

  • Kevin Spike McCarthy

    What hack! The corn didn’t kill the bees, nowhere is there any link to the big bad GMO.

    • Lyn Roberts

      It’s not the GMO’s it is the chemicals used to keep them alive.

  • Lyn Roberts
  • Pradnya Malandkar

    1. kill off natural pollinators – you end up killing off almost all naturally occuring food crops, trees, etc.
    2. Create crop seeds that do not need pollination
    – End result –
    you control food, you control the world
    Monsanto and the likes need to be destroyed before that happens

    • fine53

      You got it. That’s what I was saying when the hybrid seeds that Monsanto has required their special hormone spray in order to produce fruit. They’re trying very hard to wipe out private seed banks for heirloom seeds.

  • ME IN NIAGARA

    GMO seeds need extra to protect them from the NATURAL bugs that want to eat them (along with extra fertilizer) just to be productive. About half of the bugs in the world are beneficial to any crops. Either they pollinate crops or they eat bugs that want to eat the plants. ALL PESTICIDES do not discriminate what bugs it is intended to kill. All Bugs get killed off by all Pesticides. That is why organic gardening and farming is growing in popularity. Nature will take care of a lot of bad bugs if given the chance with bugs that eat bugs, birds that eat bugs, critters (skunks, raccoons, opossum….) that eat bugs. Yes sometimes there is a need for pesticides but I believe that as a whole the amount of pesticides could be reduced by at least half or more. We NEED bees. Not only do they pollinate our food sources, they provide honey and honey comb that are also a cash crop to the bee farmers. May be the bee farmers could get federal aid because of crop failure just like the regular (corn, soybean, apple……) farmer. Or the bee farmers could sue the regular farmers for killing the workers (the bees) along with the manufacture of the pesticides. There has been studies already that prove pesticides kill bees.

    • Kolef88

      you had me up until the last two sentences

    • SS

      “hat is why organic gardening and farming is growing in popularity.”

      Except organic farms use pesticides too, guess you didn’t know about that. many of the pesticides they use can have a more harmful affect than on the environments than non organic farming.

  • SGT Ted

    Oh look, more anti-GMO propaganda.

  • Trip Planning Mom

    It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out why this has been happening. Every state needs to follow the lead of MD and pass the same regulations and have restrictions.

  • TheHeff
  • karlafl

    TONS of bees here. The whole place hums with bees. I’m in Southern Arizona, and the bees here love the mesquite trees. I read about gardeners being attacked by bees every year here. I think instead of dying off the bees moved.

  • Jack Cruz

    Definitely…..agricultural activities aided by advance technologies to enhance food production are quit dangerous to humankind due to the effects of surface and groundwater contamination….also enhance soil degradation……….so……….it its dangerous than mining……………………..

  • B. Jones

    I’m as anti-GMO, pro-pollinators as they get — but I do NOT believe ONE apiary has 37 MILLION of bees. Or can a less sensationalist source confirm the honesty/authenticity of this “article”??

    • debbie3554
      • SS

        And your source contradicts this one. It claims the Pesticides were the cause. Cognitive dissonance at it’s finest.

        As for anti gmo, it’s funny how farmers have been using this thing called mutation breeding since the 1930s. They drown seeds in radiation to increase mutation rates. No safty tests are needed for this. No approval either.

        Yet when they have methods of controlling which characteristics to have, people freak out even though extensive tests are taken and approval is needed.

        Also, anyone apposed to gmo simply because they don’t understand it is contributing to the preventable deaths of thousands if not tens of thousands of people. Look up Golden Rice.

        • debbie3554

          The cut and paste of genetic engineering does nothing for any characteristic besides tolerate certain herbicides used on them or to be an insecticide itself. There are no tests done to prove safety for human or animal consumption and approval is based on shabby studies done by industry flunkies. And the propaganda you are parroting about the fake contributions to preventable deaths is truly laughable. Look up Golden Rice yourself instead of being a mindless parrot. There isn’t any! More than 20 years of trying to create an unnecessary crop to solve a problem that has many currently available and easily accessible solutions and the mythical rice is nowhere near it’s completion. To date the vast amount of gmo crops are grown for animal feed and fuel. Finally, ‘my source’ is the news item regarding WHEN the event happened, not how or why. Back to troll school you go…

        • Fight for Freedom

          It was also later proven wrong. It wasn’t pesticides.. a parasite caused above average deaths in 2012.. Bee populations have been back on the rise in Ontario since.

        • debbie3554

          omg…lol joke of the day…There is no ‘golden rice’. The bulk of GMO crops feed livestock and vehicles. What little is converted into ingredients for processed foods are not given to the people who need it but to those who can afford to buy any food.

  • Stephen Brooks

    It’s obvious.
    They plan to replace crops with gm crops, they plan to replace the natural evolution of bees with genetically modified ones.
    this way, everything is owned by Monsato. the crops, the bees.
    Whilst developing countries need GM crops, Canada, does not.
    Pesticides are a problem, who knows what’s getting into the food chain.. im not sure where to stand on this, all i know is i hate the deception.

    gm crops killed bees, then the news report starts talking about pesticides killing bees.
    for gods sake just be honest for a change.

  • KasichRubio

    FYI…corn as you know today is not what it was thousands of years ago. Like Monsanto, the Mayan’s modified it so the joke is really on all of you who are already eating a modified crop.

  • Dave LaSorte

    This article is complete BS, you idiots.

  • Camilla Koutsos
    • BlueFish

      Snopes is all BS. It’s not reliable nor is it research.
      Don’t be lazy.

      • Camilla Koutsos

        I actually verified the Snopes finding very easily at the time, as you could have done. Don’t be lazy.

        • BlueFish

          I doubt that very much. I actually live in Ontario and know bee keepers in that area.
          This was actually a 2013 article.

          • Camilla Koutsos

            The 2013 article I found pointed to pesticides as the cause of the bee deaths.

          • SS

            Yes, and I’m sure your beekeeper buddies have done extensive tests to isolate the cause of death. But nah, let’s just take this article as proof, the one posted on a network that rarely uses citations and have posted demonstrably false articles in the past. That makes sense.

  • Tammy Creo

    Criminals, they are criminal and they should be exterminated.

  • Chris Jones

    Starvation…37 milion Bees can’t possibly gather enough sugar to support their own bodies, let alone produce offspring and Honey! U.S. agricultural Bee keepers tend to crowd thousands of hives together in one field, and plant thousands of acres of the same crop all the way around, once that single crop ceases to flower *boom* end of… nature would never do that. it’s a recipe for disaster, I really don’t think the GMO comes into it, it’s bad practice…

  • FrederickRhodes

    Monsanto’s GMO’s and Bayer’s chemicals are enemies to humanity, out to make a profit at any cost. They damage the bees immune systems and make them not able to fight off fungal/bacterial infections, then they blame the fungus.

  • Basalat Raja

    By itself, GMO science is a wonderful idea. It has great promise. The problem is that it has been taken over by people who are greedy to make a quick buck who behave like snake oil salesmen. They come into town, promise great things, which work for a very short period of time, and then become useless. By that time, they have cashed in and left town and we are left to clean up the vast ecological damage. Or in this case, they have moved on to the next shoddy idea.

  • Becky Northey

    Monsanto and
    other companies should be held accountable and if found guiltily
    then they should be liquidated for crimes against humanity and the
    planet.

  • Tiberius Alexander

    If this was only one colony then he is lying. read below…

    Honey bees are social insects that live in colonies. Honey bee colonies consist of a single queen, hundreds of male drones and 20,000 to 80,000 female worker bees. Each honey bee colony also consists of developing eggs, larvae and pupae.

    The number of individuals within a honey bee colony depends largely upon seasonal changes. A colony could reach up to 80,000 individuals during the active season, when workers forage for food, store honey for winter and build combs. However, this population will decrease dramatically during colder seasons.

    Honey bee colonies depend upon diversity of population for survival, as each caste of bee performs specific tasks. Thus, while queens are extremely powerful within their societies, they cannot establish new colonies without the help of drones and workers, who provide fertilization, food and wax to construct the hive.

    here is the source: http://www.orkin.com/stinging-pests/bees/honey-bees/colony/

  • Fight for Freedom

    This is the biggest load of shit I’ve ever read. I know people who LIVE in Ontario.. THIS. NEVER. HAPPENED.