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only in wildlife refuges. I guess for the rest of the wildlife and bees on 99% of US land, its business as usual.

The U.S. government is creating a safe place for bees on national wildlife refuges by phasing out the use of genetically modified crops and an agricultural pesticide implicated in the mass die-off of pollinators.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System manages 150 million acres across the country. By January 2016, the agency will ban the use of neonicotinoids, widely used nerve poisons that a growing number of scientific studies have shown are harmful to bees, birds, mammals, and fish. Neonicotinoids, also called neonics, can be sprayed on crops, but most often the seeds are coated with the pesticide so that the poison spreads throughout every part of the plant as it grows, including the pollen and nectar that pollinators like bees and butterflies eat.
more here


http://news.yahoo.com/u-bans-gmos-bee-killing-pesticides-wildlife-refuges-193150944.html
 

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Just FYI - I am fairly certain that honey bees (being a European species) are not allowed to be kept on NWR or other properties owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to being non-native species. But you sure can stack them along the fence line and just like birds they are free to use the refuge for forage. :D

There are some nice prairies on some of these lands.
 

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At least somebody, in Government, has recognized that GMO crops are bad. Not being in the discussion phase, and actually "doing" something about it is a great first step!

Notice I said "First" step ...
 

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I think they're just changing pesticides on the flowers at the visitor's center.
Exactly. How many acres of National Wildlife Refuge land are planted with corn or soybeans?

Reminds me of when the city of Boulder, Colorado banned fracking within the city limits.
 

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Exactly. How many acres of National Wildlife Refuge land are planted with corn or soybeans?

Reminds me of when the city of Boulder, Colorado banned fracking within the city limits.


I was surprised the number wasn't larger but, it looks like about 44,000 acres of NWR are farmed nationwide. http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/us...onal-wildlife-refuge-land/Content?oid=3653745

It will probably make it harder to find farmers willing to rent the land. And/or the rent they are willing to pay will go down. It makes it a hassel to farm one way on your own land and another way on rented ground.

The comments about creating things like superweeds are pure bunk! Pests have been developing pesticide resistance ever since the first pesticides were used. One of the things that doomed DDT was the fact that many pest had developed resistance due to its' overuse.

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genetically modified crops and an agricultural pesticide implicated in the mass die-off of pollinators.
At least somebody, in Government, has recognized that GMO crops are bad.
GMOs have never been linked to mass die off of pollinators. Not to mention, there is no "mass die off of pollinators." GMOs have never been linked to any harm whatsoever. To ban them would be a triumph of superstition over science. Not that that is anything new.
 

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Common sense on GMOs

Labeling: Since practically all food has been genetically altered from nature, if you wanted labeling I suppose you could demand it, but then it should be for all such foods. Perhaps there could be two different designations: GMO-Agriculture GMO-Laboratory.

Monopolies are generally bad things in a free market. To the extent that the production of GMOs are a monopoly, the government should do all it can to spread the baseline of this industry. (My favorite monopoly joke ever, told by Stephen Wright: “I think it’s wrong that the game Monopoly is sold by only one company”)

If your objection to GMOs is the morality of selling non-prerennial seed stocks, then focus on that. If your objection to GMOs is the monopolistic conduct of agribusiness, then focus on that. But to paint the entire concept of GMO with these particular issues is to blind yourself to the underlying truth of what humans have been doing — and will continue to do — to nature so that it best serves our survival. That’s what all organisms do when they can, or would do, if they could. Those that didn’t, have gone extinct.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
 

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It has been my experience that the people that are opposed to GMO crops are also the same people that have never seeded ANY crops.
This is what I find the most irritating about the extremes in the green movement. They form their opinions based on emotion, and refuse to even consider any evidence that is contrary to their view. They will accept hands down very poor research as long as it supports their view and reject anything that is contrary to their view. The percentage of our population that has even a rudimentary knowledge of agriculture, and what it takes to produce our food supply is getting very small.
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This is what I find the most irritating about the extremes in the green movement. They form their opinions based on emotion, and refuse to even consider any evidence that is contrary to their view. They will accept hands down very poor research as long as it supports their view and reject anything that is contrary to their view. The percentage of our population that has even a rudimentary knowledge of agriculture, and what it takes to produce our food supply is getting very small.
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You hit the nail on the head. Don't forget the Hollywood stars if they say GMO's are bad their will be a lot climb onto that bandwagon too. So many now days cannot think for themselves or even be willing to read any creatable research to make and informed opinion. Those type of people are just like sheep and Chicken Little "the sky is falling"

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