Archive for ‘Pollinators’

June 2, 2012

Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn

A significant health freedom victory has taken place in the European nation of Poland, where all plantings of Monsanto’s MON810, a genetically-modified (GM) variety of maize (corn) that produces its own built-in Bt insecticide in every kernel, have been officially banned.

The decision comes after thousands of protesters recently took to the streets in demonstration of the undeniable fact that both MON810 and the chemicals applied to it are at least partially responsible for causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the worldwide phenomenon in which entire swarms of honey bees disappear or turn up dead.

via Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn.

May 31, 2012

Bumblebee lost to UK makes comeback on Dungeness shingle | Environment | The Guardian

It is said that pollinators are so important to our survival, that once they disappear from the planet, the human species will die out within 40 days.

“The short-haired bumblebee, which like other bees has a crucial role in pollinating plants, was once common in the UK, as far north as Humberside. It declined catastrophically, with many other species as, over the past 60 years, an estimated 97% of wild flower meadows vanished from the UK.”

via Bumblebee lost to UK makes comeback on Dungeness shingle | Environment | The Guardian.

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