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Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Thursday 19 April 2012
“Owning a major organization that focuses heavily on the bee collapse and is recognized by the USDA for their mission statement of ‘restoring bee health and protecting the future of insect pollination’ could be very advantageous for Monsanto.”
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Monsanto, the massive biotechnology company being blamed for contributing to the dwindling bee population, has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations. Recently banned from Poland with one of the primary reasons being that the company’s genetically modified corn may be devastating the dying bee population, it is evident that Monsanto is under serious fire for their role in the downfall of the vital insects. It is therefore quite apparent why Monsanto bought one of the largest bee research firms on the planet.

It can be found in public company reports hosted on mainstream media that Monsanto scooped up the Beeologics firm back in September 2011. During this time the correlation between Monsanto’s GM crops and the bee decline was not explored in the mainstream, and in fact it was hardly touched upon until Polish officials addressed the serious concern amid the monumental ban. Owning a major organization that focuses heavily on the bee collapse and is recognized by the USDA for their mission statement of “restoring bee health and protecting the future of insect pollination” could be very advantageous for Monsanto.

In fact, Beelogics’ company information states that the primary goal of the firm is to study the very collapse disorder that is thought to be a result — at least in part — of Monsanto’s own creations. Their website states:

While its primary goal is to control the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) infection crises, Beeologics’ mission is to become the guardian of bee health worldwide.

What’s more, Beelogics is recognized by the USDA, the USDA-ARS, the media, and ‘leading entomologists’ worldwide. The USDA, of course, has a great relationship with Monsanto. The government agency has gone to great lengths to ensure that Monsanto’s financial gains continue to soar, going as far as to give the company special speed approval for their newest genetically engineered seed varieties. It turns out that Monsanto was not getting quick enough approval for their crops, which have been linked to severe organ damage and other significant health concerns.

Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, states it quite plainly. It was a move to help Monsanto and other biotechnology giants squash competition and make profits. After all, who cares about public health?

It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky said in a telephone interview.

It appears that when Monsanto cannot answer for their environmental devastation, they buy up a company that may potentially be their ‘experts’ in denying any such link between their crops and the bee decline.

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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

I live in Oregon, we have

I live in Oregon, we have bees in the backyard, we do not take honey from them because we do not want to supplement with sugar water, we also have mason bee's. It took two seasons for them to lay in the Mason bee houses we put out. Be a backyard bee keeper. If the bees die there will be no pollination, and humans, and most of the animals on the planet will die. Be a bee keeper. grow your own organic food, educate people about Monsanto's toxic chemicals that are saturating the planet. Farm to school, community gardens, co-ops, education. We can win this.

RoundUp is a herbicide, not a

RoundUp is a herbicide, not a pesticide...... it kills other plants, not bugs. or at least that was its purpose. There are a few unintended consequences showing up however.

kevin folta is a shill for

kevin folta is a shill for monsanto - you think anyone's buying your bull$hit around here, clowny man?

When 'peer-reviewed science'

When 'peer-reviewed science' is no longer bought and paid for by the likes of Monsanto, then the public might be able to once again believe in the holy grail of 'scientific objectivity'; you know, where manipulated science does not support the profit-driven motive at the cost of public health and that of Nature itself.

No one can help but read the

No one can help but read the innuendo here.I am not big business nor in the employ of any, nor do I use Monsanto products directly.If I were Monsanto, and my products were being blamed for the collapse of the bee populations, I would want to acquire the best expertise to advise me of how to go. As Monsanto, a collapse of the bee populations would be at least as disastrous for me as it would for anyone. Bees are needed to pollinate gen-modified canola too after all. In fact that disaster in economic terms is at least as great as the percentage of market share Monsanto currently enjoys.Hysteria is the real enemy of science.

Careful Aleithia, don't muddy

Careful Aleithia, don't muddy the waters with sound arguments and common sense.

Wher e do you people with

Wher e do you people with these Platonic names get your Latin education? Your tireless defense of the *mountain sage (that the pidgin translation) which rules america is a blatant giveaway of of you regressive deism.

KevinFolta, I understand what

KevinFolta, I understand what you are saying, and certainly we want Science and peer review to back up all studies. Just wondering though, why Monsanto bought up the bee research firm? Is it possible that they already know the answer?

Hi Everybody, how about we

Hi Everybody, how about we take a deep breath and add a little science to the discussion? The link between any transgenic plant and bee decline is tenuous at best. The peer reviewed literature shows some effects in lab feeding studies, but none with results from natural habitats or no lab numbers that would be relevant in a hive scenario. The scientific literature is pretty air-tight on this. My blog, Illumination, covers it in its entirety if you are interested.

The real culprit at this point appears to be imidacloprid, sadly for ya'll not a Monsanto product. Whitehorn et al. (Science, April 20, 2012) show that this compound is likely contributing significantly to the decline. Other factors are also relevant, like mites, new viruses and other factors. Not GM plants.

Also keep in mind, CCD is a worldwide phenomenon and occurs in places where there are no GMO plants.

Also keep in mind that bees are important for agriculture and Big Ag acquiring bee research capacity is a logical move. Personally, I'm all for more research on bees.

Just some advice. If you are going to wage an effective argument against the Monsantos of the world, you really need to sharpen the science. Making false associations to further your cause just looks silly, and only wins you favor with those that already buy the party line.

In other words, if you'd like to win hearts and minds, especially critical thinkers, check your sources and stick to peer-reviewed science over propaganda. Thanks and peace, Kevin

Let me add my thanks for

Let me add my thanks for Kevinfolta's excellent entry to Aleithia's. NationofChange has some pretty good bloggers and reporters and on issues outside of science I am a cautious supporter. But when NOC does science, particularly if it is Gucciardi who is doing it, it has a darkly tabloidish quality. I had begun to prepare my rejoinder to this latest travesty when I read Kevinfolta's entry. Now I don't have to. A quick Google-scholar search on "bee colony collapse" and "GMOs" turns up several papers which implicate the Bayer insecticide as a possible cause, while cell tower microwave pollution and the viral insults that Beelogics is attempting to combat are also mentioned. None of them give much credence to GM corn or other GM crop plants as offenders. Gucciardi's brand of bastard-science corporate smearing will be dismissed by most for what it is, but my fear is that it will devalue legitimate efforts to discuss the serious ethical issues raised by some of Monsanto's practices. Kevinfolta's advice is exactly right. Unsound arguments and lies work only if you are preaching to the choir and the choir that wants that sort of faux validation is not one with which many of us wish to sing.

Thank you for a whiff of

Thank you for a whiff of sanity. I hope Monsanto figures out how to gen modify its plants to absorb/destroy imidacloprid. Now that would be science!

i know where some bees are

i know where some bees are and i'm going to hoard them.

I just cannot wait to hear

I just cannot wait to hear their spin on this one.Monsanto is as close to real evil as it gets in the modern world.I wonder what they'll call their genetically modified bee and the poison they can survive?

Monsanto buys bee research

Monsanto buys bee research firm, orders it to find that colony collapse is because bees are overworked by farmers. Problem solved.

Monsanto's solution will, of

Monsanto's solution will, of course, be a genetically modified bee species, resistant to the pesticides that are now killing the non-GMO bees.

The bees are sucking a falus

The bees are sucking a falus shaped object called a pistil, and thereby are traumatically abused by the genetically modified organ

The bees are sucking a falus

The bees are sucking a falus shaped object called a pistil, and thereby are traumatically abused by the genetically modified organ

The bees are sucking a falus

The bees are sucking a falus shaped object called a pistil, and thereby are traumatically abused by the genetically modified organ

Boy is your prejudiced

Boy is your prejudiced pro-commerce tyranny statement ever a total blatant lie. You must never read the news, as sanitized as it is, nor have ever watched investigative television such as 60-Minutes to believe that most corporations are not anti-US. You are the evil one, Ed Bradford, for lying and omitting recorded documented truth that disproves everything you lied to us about.

How outrageous is this! I

How outrageous is this! I expect Monsanto will use their new research company to genetically modify bees to their corporate advantage! Who knows what mutated/modified bees we will be dealing with in the future?

HAHAHAHAHA!!! That's funny!

HAHAHAHAHA!!! That's funny! GM foods are LESS nutritional then naturally organics. GM foods are larger, and chemically modified. Youtube it, Google it, get informed.

I agree that humanity is 95 %

I agree that humanity is 95 % good, but corporations are set up so that their primary obligation is to their shareholders, not to society as a whole. Their officers are legally required to put profit before community, however good they may be as individual human beings.

Maybe stop waiting for

Maybe stop waiting for someone to rescue us and bee the change!

I'm sorry but that is a very

I'm sorry but that is a very stupid statement. Human nature is very complex,and multi-faceted. Monsanto is a corporation created by humans, and run by humans, the decisions on the operation of Monsanto, and is therefore, a bi-product of human-nature. Therefore to separate the actions of Monsanto and human nature is simply ludicrous, you idiot!

Not so, Jonsmind. Once one

Not so, Jonsmind. Once one abdicates one's self determination by signing on with a corporation, one is no longer a free agent human being. As evidence consider two things: 1) the employee who is driven by his conscience to disclose company policy or practices immediately becomes a "whistle-blower" and most often finds him or herself fired, blackballed, or assigned a lonely lookout in Barrows, AK. 2) anything the employee invents or discovers that is in ANY WAY associated with the corporate interests becomes, beyond legal question, the property of the corporation. Thus the human being is NO LONGER a human being, but a cog in the wheel of commerce. IT IS DEHUMANIZING! Entire corporations are NO LONGER HUMAN! Citizens United vs FEC notwithstanding!

The really sad thing about

The really sad thing about this is the devastation it wreaks on science itself.

The Witch in Sleeping Beauty

The Witch in Sleeping Beauty and Monsanto are one in the same. We need a Knight to kiss us awake.

Real Name: Doug Pederson AKA SpectateSwamp

Right on! We need

Right on! We need 1-800-4the-hero.

What is the mechanism by

What is the mechanism by which GM corn pollen harms bees??? The only GM crop work that I am familiar with concerns removal of material from plants which has no nutritional value.

Ed, there is no mechanism.

Ed, there is no mechanism. The only thing shown scientifically is a potential affect of Bt containing pollen on gut flora of bees. The main problem is imidacloprid, at least from current understanding. There are also new viruses, mites and other issues.

Compare the

Compare the electrospectroscopic photos of wild VitC with that of manufactured VitC. The difference is complexity. Complexity = harmonics. Harmonics make a great deal of difference in the long run, even if one considers only biological entrainment.

Or consider mere mechanics. The old VW had a flywheel bolt that continually worked loose. Engineers finally shortened the bolt by not quite a quarter of an inch; end of problem.

See the Institute for

See the Institute for Responsible Technology:

Human nature and Monsanto are

Human nature and Monsanto are two completely different things. Don't over-simplify or humanize Monsanto. Have you studied what they have done? Your comment is one of denial. I hope and wish the best for humanity, also, as I'm sure that you do as well.

There are no bounderies to

There are no bounderies to the evil that is Monsanto. I am certain we will win this enormous battle and sooner than later. We the consumer will be their undoing as soon as we can enlighten many more people with the truth and help them recognize GMO's and preservatives and pesticides and pharmacuticals in the ingredience of the food products they shop for and eat. I believe we will win and see Monsantos fall along with those that coveted them. What these giants have done over the last 45 years will become known as Crimes against Humanity and The Earth. The audacity of treating us all like their own personal human lab rats for all these years and we never knew a thing. They did so with complete and absolute impunity, given to them and paid for. Now while we wait to win labeling laws the most critical thing we must do is to educate people so they awaken and also become angry at the audacity of having been dupped so horrifically. Because of these things that we knew nothing about, we unknowingly, have been posioning our children and famlies for years. Food education is vital to help people see and be able to read the ingredients. Enabling them to choose to eat GMO's or not. I believe they will choose, not. I have a site which is my contribution and I am trying to help through food education. I would love for you to pop over and share at the GMO Free site. Though this article broke my heart it is percisely this kind of information that is so important and needs to be shared. We only have a short window to stop Monsanto before there will be no more time to do so. That is in fact what they are betting on. Our window to stop their progression is within 15 years and I say closer to ten. Time is of the essence. Here is the link to my FB page called GMO Foods, Recipes and Tips.

Check out the environmental

Check out the environmental working group. Every baby born is born with about 200 chemicals in there body, Autism anyone?

I wanted to also say I shared

I wanted to also say I shared this story with everyone I know. Thanks again.

USDA has had control of the

USDA has had control of the Government for a very long time and needs to be challenged for they are totally and completely corrupt and incompetent, as is most of the government including Barry and his Communist Minions.

George Bush fired most of the

George Bush fired most of the USDA Inspectors in favor of self regulation for Corps, and here we are!

Barry Goldwater?

Barry Goldwater?

T'wo possibilities: A.

T'wo possibilities:

A. Monsanto wants to stifle the truth - not likely, because another company or the other bee-colony researchers will overwhelm Monsanto's new "truth"

B. Monsanto is genuinely concerned that what they do has an effect on bee colonies and wants to eliminate that possibility.

If you support A then you subscribe to the theory that a large number of Americans are evil and hate any who stands in the way of human excellence.
Believe in A and I believe YOU are evil because you, like Karl Marx and so many progressives have no understandg of human nature or Natural Rights.

Humanity is 95+% good, including those who make money [Mohammedism, not withstanding].

This is a very black and

This is a very black and white view of people, we are all human with different ways of being, problem solving is a complex messy process, Instead of a dynamic of good or bad, let's see what we can do to educate and empower people. I have watching the lady down the street spray Round-up without protective gear in a place that her children a dogs play. What would you do? Does she know she risks cancer for her family?

What company is going to make

What company is going to make money exposing Monsanto? Calling yourself good is a dangerous thing since it entails calling others - Muslims - bad. Were 95% of Germans under Hitler "good"? How about the Turks who killed the Armenians or the Europeans who stole this country and killed 40 million inhabitants? Was there supposed to be some company that formed to prove the "truth" and stop them? Cause pretty much a cursory view of history would prove that doesn't happen.

Put Monsanto out of business

Put Monsanto out of business before they destroy all things good about what is left of this country.

Making the buzz cut...

Making the buzz cut...

I think things are starting

I think things are starting to slowly turn around for we the people. Monsanto's days are numbered, and I see that they will go down with public lawsuits in the billions of dollars in damages.

The truth is slowly coming out, from "privatization" of public schools and nonprofit schools that rip off students to the corporate lobbyists and corporate people infecting government positions.

Next up: Roundup-Ready GMO

Next up: Roundup-Ready GMO bees.

Monsanto joins a long list of

Monsanto joins a long list of sleazy companies like ExxonMobil and PhilipMorris that have published "research" beneficial to themselves via a sham company.

I hope that every one of the employees at Beelogic leaves the company and continue their work with reputable research firms.

I'm with you, and don't

I'm with you, and don't forget BP and the horror in the Gulf

"research" I might point you


I might point you to the tens of thousands of independent scholarly research articles that appear in peer reviewed journals regarding smoking/health and oil/environment. Science is self correcting. If company research is wrong, it is found out.

To date, there is no firm scientific literature showing a real, repdroducible harm of GM crops. Sure, they can kill cells in a dish with high doses of Roundup, but there are no harmful effects documented in animals or humans in meaningful studies. Such reports would get Nobel Prizes!

And just because scientists work for MON via Beelogic does not mean they are somehow scientifically neutered. Be glad experts are on board. If there is a problem, they will find it. That could be why MON brought them aboard.

Amen to your solution. that

Amen to your solution. that will keep Monsanto from corrupting the firm.

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