Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monsanto Takes on Bee Disease

Article by some whacked out liberal site hurt that Monsanto would actually try to solve a problem that's been vexing government scientists and beekeepers; what's killing the Honey Bees:

What Biotech Company Blamed for Bee Collapse Just Bought Leading Bee Research Firm?
Bee colonies around the globe are mysteriously disappearing, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Since 2006, it's estimated that close to one-third of all honey bee colonies have simply vanished into thin air. Where are the bees going? What's causing their devastating demise?

One forerunning theory is that genetic engineering of crops is involved, either through the genetically modified crops themselves or the pesticides and herbicides that go with them.

Monsanto, which is the world leader in this type of biotechnology, is likely none too pleased about the recent accusations hurled against their product, so they've taken matters into their own hands and purchased one of the leading bee research firms – one that, conveniently, lists its primary goal as studying colony collapse disorder.

If this isn't the classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse then I don't know what is.
I just love the outrage being generated against the company that actually likely to do something about colony collapse disorder (if only for the profit), instead of studying it to death like the government scientists are likely to (why cure it, then you lose the grant gravy train).  If Monsanto doesn't find a treatment, Monsanto doesn't make any money.

In the past, colony collapse disorder has be blamed on a wide variety of different things including:

Zombies,  Cell phones, Mites, fungus, starvation, global warming (of course), genetically modified crops, and pesticides.

Of course, domestic Honeybees are not native to the Western Hemisphere, and are an invasive species much like Phragmites (the bad form) or Snakeheads.  In fact, without question, I daresay Honeybees cause more human deaths in the United States than either Phragmites or Snakeheads.

There are countless species of native bees willing to take up the slack that the honeybees leave behind...

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