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    Default How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    http://www.i-sis.org.uk/SmartStaxCor...eWarOnBees.php

    SmartStax Corn: Corporate War on Bees
    US regulatory agencies are aiding and abetting in killing bees and more


    Prof. Joe Cummins

    SmartStax® corn

    Smartstax is a genetically manipulated (GM) corn that has eight GM
    traits combined or 'stacked' together, six for insect resistance (Bt)
    and two for herbicide tolerance. Current stacked GM trait crops on the
    market only have up to three traits each. SmartStax was created through
    a collaboration between Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, allowing the two
    corporations to share GM traits. The traits are combined together using
    crosses between existing transgenic corn lines rather than using genetic
    transformation of a single maize strain. Interestingly, a collection of
    old transgenes brought together with traditional crosses are being
    described as the 'new' technology. Monsanto and Dow are predicting that
    SmartStax will be the largest commercial launch of a single GM corn
    because it will replace a lot of the existing GM corn varieties on the
    market.

    The main benefit of Smartstax maize is that it provides above and below ground insect protection along with tolerance to two herbicides
    (glyphosate and glufosinate) [1]. Herbicide tolerance and insect
    resistance genes are engineered in redundant combinations in the belief
    that it will prevent establishment of resistances to herbicides and the
    Bt proteins among weeds and insect pests respectively [2]. The USDA
    provided a premium reduction in the cost of crop insurance for farmers growing Smartstax maize while the US EPA granted a reduction in the size of the refuge area set aside from 20 percent to 5 percent, which constitutes substantial government financial incentives for growing Smartstax maize
    [3]. It is supposed to protect growers of Smartstax
    maize from the uncertainties of climatic instabilities associated with
    global warming. The USDA crop insurance program covers organic farmers
    too, but fails to protect the organic premium on price and will not
    consider the crop loss from pollen contamination from GM crops. Organic
    and conventional growers are placed at a clear disadvantage in
    comparison to growers of Smartstax corn.

    *Smartstax can end bees*
    Smarstax corn contains a potpourri of transgenes claimed to control
    pests both above and below ground. Monsanto's subsidiary Genuity, which
    markets Smartstax corn along with stacked versions of GM soybeans and
    cotton, uses Acceleron seed treatment products. These contain a
    combination of fungicides including ipconazole, metalaxyl and
    trifloxystrobin for protection against primary seed-borne and soil-borne
    diseases, along with clothianidin, an insecticide, to reduce damage
    caused by secondary pests [2]. Clothianidin is a systemic insecticide
    that may be carried to all parts of the corn plant including the
    pollen-producing tassel and pollen visited by bees [4]. The selection of clothianidin for seed treatment is rather cavalier because the
    insecticide has been implicated in bee die-offs [5]. A German judge
    prohibited the use of clothianidin in maize seed treatment after the
    pesticide was observed to have killed foraging honey bees
    [6] Emergency
    Pesticide Ban for Saving the Honeybee, SiS 39). A German coalition of
    farmers brought legal action against the president of Bayer Crop Science
    for marketing the dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides such as
    clothianidin that have caused mass death of bees all over the world [7].
    The Institute of Science in Society has long maintained that the
    neonicotinoid insecticides, such as clothianidin, in seed dressing and
    sprays are responsible for the collapse of honey bee colonies, The
    insecticides impair the bee's foraging behaviour and its immunity to
    parasitic and viral diseases. The Bt toxins such as those contained in
    the Smartstax corn have also been found to impair the bee's behaviour and immunity to disease
    [8-10] (Requiem for the Honeybee, SiS 35; Saving
    the Honeybee Through Organic Farming, SiS 38;To Bee Organic or not to
    Bee, SiS 39).

    *Can Smartstax be safe for bees or humans?*

    The stacked transgenic varieties assembled using conventional breeding are not regulated by USDA/APHIS and environments assessment is not required. But such introductions are regulated by US EPA, which does not appear to be concerned over the die-off of bees from seed treatment chemicals nor from the transgenic Bt proteins. This is clearly unacceptable, and these regulatory agencies should be held fully responsible for aiding and abetting in the corporate killing of bees.
    EPA should also note that ISIS has previously requested the agency to
    ban glyphosate and Roundup herbicide based on new evidence over its
    toxicity [11] (Death by Multiple Poisoning, Glyphosate and Roundup, SiS
    42), and more damning evidence has emerged since that glyphosate-based
    herbicides are toxic and endocrine disrupting [12]. In addition, a ban
    on glufosinate herbicide has been approved by the European Parliament in
    January 2009 [13].


    References

    1. Agbios GM Database MON-89Ø34-3 x DAS- Ø15Ø7-1 x MON-88Ø17-3 x
    DAS-59122-7 (MON89034 x TC1507 x MON88017 x DAS-59122-7) SmartStax 2010
    http://www.agbios.com/dbase.php
    2. Genuity: Traits: Corn: SmartStax Early season insect control
    utilizing clothianidin, a leading insecticide, to reduce damage caused
    by secondary pests.2010
    http://www.genuity.com/Traits/Corn/G...SmartStax.aspx
    3. California Farmer Monsanto, Dow Agrosciences Smartstax Corn Hybrids
    Eligible for Crop Insurance Pilot Premium Rate Reduction Program In 2010
    http://californiafarmer.com/story.as...rids/eligible/
    for/crop/insurance/pilot/premium/rate/reduction/program/in/2010/13/32056
    4. Gross M. Pesticides linked to bee deaths. Current Biology 2008,
    18(16), R684.
    5. Everts S. Germany suspends use of clothianidin after the pesticide is
    linked to honeybee deaths. Chemical & Engineering News May 26, 2008, p. 10
    6. Ho M-W. Emergency pesticide ban for saving the honeybee. Science in
    Society 39, 40, 2008.
    7. Environmental News Service German Coalition Sues Bayer Over Pesticide
    Honey Bee Deaths 2008
    http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2...8-08-25-01.asp
    8. Cummins J. Requiem for the honey bee. Science in Society 35, 37,2007
    9. Cummins J. Saving the honey bee through organic farming. Science in
    Society 38, 16, 2008.
    10. Cummins J. To bee organic or not ot bee . Science in Society 39, 41,
    2008.
    11. Ho MW and Cherry B. Death by multiple poisoning, glyphosate and
    Roundup. Science in Society 42, 14, 2009.
    12. Gasnier C, Dumont C, Benachour N, Clair E, Chagnon M-C, and Séralini
    G-E. Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in
    human cell lines. Toxicology 2009, 262, 184-91.
    13. "MEPs approve pesticides legislation", European Parliament, 13
    January 2009,
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/e...default_en.htm
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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    The website this so called factoid comes from run by so called Prof Joe Cummins is a fraud.

    Not much more really to say but this guy has no credentials that qualify him to be an expert on GMO etc.

    Besides how many bees do you see in corn on a typical summer day? Zero!

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    The bees were heavy in my brother's large patch of sweet corn when it tasseled last summer. But sweet corn is not field corn...

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    Well, I'm certainly concerned about he use of smartstax corn. Corn is not a favorite source of pollen for bees but they will work it when they don't have other options. This could be particularly bad under drought conditions when cultivated crops are being irrigated and there aren't many other sources of pollen.

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    My bees went into my Sweet Corn patch to gather the pollen off of the tassles. My understanding is that even Field Corn has the ability to be sweet for just a day or two.

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Lately, Great Britain doesn't have the best reputation for producing verifiable, accurate science (see University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit)!

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Dont worry bee happy, BUd will defend the chemical companies until the end!

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Quote Originally Posted by NDnewbeek View Post
    Lately, Great Britain doesn't have the best reputation for producing verifiable, accurate science (see University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit)!
    Read it again - it's not UK research. And don't get me started on the corruption of US university research by corporate interests.
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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Bud Dingler View Post
    The website this so called factoid comes from run by so called Prof Joe Cummins is a fraud.
    So now you have done your ad hominem attack-dog thing - would you like to tell us exactly in which respects he is wrong, and what qualifies you to contradict him?
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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    I don't think it is their intention is to kill off the honey bee or other pollinators, but their actions certainly need to be questioned

    Monsanto: The can literally shut off seed production of any plant.
    Dow: They're Poison
    Government: They ruin everything they put their dirty hands on.
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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Evil chemical companies are out to get you!

    This is nothing but hyped up propaganda. Unfortunately, it's this type of sensationalist conspiracy drivel that has gotten most to ignore "experts". Unfortunately, when an expert may come across something that's truely important, no one, myself included is going to listen.

    The US Government?, now that's a drunken hippo. Stumbling about, not knowing it's own strength, eating everything yet wanting more, crushing whatever it touches (intentionally or not). Things are much better when it lays down to sleep it off.
    Ninja, is not in the dictionary. Well played Ninja's, well played...

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Quote Originally Posted by D Coates View Post
    The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Evil chemical companies are out to get you!

    This is nothing but hyped up propaganda.
    You know what is propaganda. When pro-chemical lobby is saying that sky will fall and we will all be hungry.

    A little info :

    http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/orga.../true-false_en
    http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/...other.ssl.html
    Sig

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    Default Alarmist Nonsense

    I have not read your post past your subject line because it is, of itself, screams of alarmist nonsense.

    Not all Americans believe our government is evil, corrupt, drunk, etc.

    Perhaps some of the humans that are employed by it are any or all of the above, but our government, as an institution, is not planning to kill our bees.

    This is the stuff that leads people to fly their planes into IRS buildings or shoot people outside the Pentagon. They see the alarmist headlines or hear the screaming soundbites on the radio and go nuts.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    One can link all the info they want and it will not make the original post any less sensationalist. Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it so. If everyone dropped their pants every time someone made their claims (either side) we'd all be walking around in skirts. I inherently trust neither side, I read, listen and look at it logically then decide. Sensationalism though shows desperation and numbs the senses.

    Just because we are beekeepers doesn't mean that we should stop thinking for ourselves.
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    Default Re: Alarmist Nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by waynesgarden View Post
    I have not read your post past your subject line because it is, of itself, screams of alarmist nonsense.

    Not all Americans believe our government is evil, corrupt, drunk, etc.

    Perhaps some of the humans that are employed by it are any or all of the above, but our government, as an institution, is not planning to kill our bees.

    This is the stuff that leads people to fly their planes into IRS buildings or shoot people outside the Pentagon. They see the alarmist headlines or hear the screaming soundbites on the radio and go nuts.

    Wayne
    Well, let's not forget that the government burned women and children in Waco, and shot some folks in Idaho. Native Americans might have a few comments about government instigated genocide as well.

    There are enough extremists on both sides of any issue to make the rest of us sceptical. But our scepticism should help us see the kernel of truth that exists in the midst of all the hyperbole.

    And here's a for instance: What accounts for the increased incidence of Autism in this country the past few years? Now, that is just an example, not an intent to start a new thread. I'm not anti-chemical or anti-medicine, but I do believe that we are dumping a lot of stuff into our food chain of which we know very little, esp. regarding long term, cumulative consequences. Expecially as these various substances interact with one another. Do both camps, the pro and con chemical folks need to get a grip on reality?
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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Hold up a minute everyone, I have to run to the kitchen & get some more popcorn.

    OK. Thanks

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    See the documentaries

    Food, Inc

    King Corn

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Quote Originally Posted by D Coates View Post
    One can link all the info they want and it will not make the original post any less sensationalist. Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it so....Sensationalism though shows desperation and numbs the senses.
    There was nothing sensationalist about that post, except perhaps for the headline - and that is what headlines are for: to attract attention.

    If you would all rather pretend that agrichem/GM companies either don't exist, their products are entirely benevolent or they are somehow charitable towards bees and beekeepers, then go ahead - you may want a fantasy novel to go with that.

    On the other hand, if you all want to understand what is really going on in the world (and I'm not targeting D Coates here), may I suggest you look for sources of information that are not Fox News, and concede that there are people out there who actually care about the future, the environment and yes - bees - and who are concerned when a conglomerate of Monsanto and Dow start pushing crops onto farmers - with government incentives.

    Don't believe everything you read, but don't automatically disbelieve it because it was said by someone you don't know or don't like, or by someone who dares to criticize a sacred cow. That way lies narrow-mindedness and, in extremis, fascism.
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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    ......
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: How Monsanto, Dow and the US Govt are planning to kill your bees

    Quote Originally Posted by buckbee View Post
    There was nothing sensationalist about that post, except perhaps for the headline - and that is what headlines are for: to attract attention.
    Or announce a lack of credibility.

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