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  • Biotech and the Extinction of Bees 2 comments
    Jun 11, 2011 4:26 AM | about stocks: SYT, MON
    Bee colonies can die in several ways. One of those ways is the Colony Collapse Disorder whereby a large proportion of the colony's worker bees suffer a sudden death, although the queen remains alive. The death of colonies due to Colony Collapse Disorder has been increasing over the last few years. In the United States, this has caused annual colony losses to increase from the usual range of 10 to 20%, to over 30%. Some studies have associated this disorder with Bt crops. Bt crops, which are sold by Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Syngenta (NYSE:SYT), are crops genetically modified to include a gene of Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium related to Bacillus anthracis, the cause of Anthrax. The added Bt gene enables the genetically modified crops to produce a toxin deadly to insects. And, thus, by being the ones in contact with Bt crops when foraging, only the worker bees suffer a sudden death.

    Chart 1: Number of bee colonies in Germany since 1991 (in thousands)
    Source: Der Spiegel

























    Chart 2: Number of bee colonies in the US since 1945 (in millions)
    Source: UNEP, Global Honey Bee Colony Disorder and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators.


    Themes: biotechnology, agricultural Stocks: SYT, MON
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    Any updates on this? The extinction of bees is a serious matter! They (Gov - here and in Germany) should step in to help all of us.

     

    Some studies have associated this disorder with Bt crops. Bt crops, which are sold by Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT), are crops genetically modified to include a gene of Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium related to Bacillus anthracis, the cause of Anthrax. The added Bt gene enables the genetically modified crops to produce a toxin deadly to insects. And, thus, by being the ones in contact with Bt crops when foraging, only the worker bees suffer a sudden death.
    Thanks for the Blog!
    z
    6 Oct 2013, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • zcairo1
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    I found my own answer to the above question - in todays Market Current.

     

    Friday, Oct 4

     

    3:35 PM

     

    Dow Chemical to challenge Monsanto with insect-killing soybeans

     

    Dow Chemical (DOW +2.8%) reveals plans to challenge Monsanto’s (MON +0.2%) insect-repelling soybeans for South America with beans engineered to kill pests with two added genes.
    MON estimates the market for its Intacta beans, which are being introduced on 3M acres this year and have one Bt gene to control bugs, at 100M acres; Dow says having two Bt genes with different modes of action will slow insects’ ability to overcome the technology.
    Dow says the new soybeans should be available in Brazil and Argentina in three to five years, pending regulatory approvals.

     

    This Market Current was sent to 6,720 people who get email alerts on DOW.
    6 Oct 2013, 07:10 PM Reply Like
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