Colony Collapse Disorder As Part Of An Acquisition Strategy

May 15, 2012 11:25 AM ETADM, MON-OLD, NTR, BAYRY, NVS6 Comments
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Alberto Savrieno

A recent MSNBC clip showcased the deleterious effects that Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is having on bees in the United States and CCDs impact on a 200 billion dollar worldwide agriculture industry.

Large agricultural processors, major fertilizer or chemical companies such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Monsanto (MON), Agrium (AGU), Canada's Potash Corp. (POT) or even Germany's Bayer (BAYRY.PK) have strong vested interests in agriculture. Colony Collapse Disorder is devastating those interests. There are a few private and publicly held companies researching for treatments to CCD and other bee ailments. Are acquisitions around the corner?

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According to The United Nations Environment Program, they estimate that bee pollination supports 71 out of 100 crops. In Europe alone, 84% of the 264 crop species are animal pollinated and 4, 000 vegetable varieties exist thanks to pollination by bees1. The production value of one ton of pollinator-dependent crop is approximately five times higher than one of those crop categories that do not depend on insects2.

Over the past ten years bees have been dying and disappearing and alarming rates. In the U.S. alone its 2011 loss related to colony collapse disorder is estimated at over 30%. In Europe alone the numbers are also staggering.

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What is Colony Collapse Disorder?

Among the key symptoms of CCD in collapsed colonies is that the adult population is suddenly gone without any accumulation of dead bees. The bees are not returning to the hive but are leaving behind their brood (young bees), their queen, and maybe a small cluster of adults. What is uncharacteristic about this situation is that the honey bee is a very social insect and colony oriented, with a complex and organized nesting colony. Failing to return to the hive is considered highly unusual. An absence of a large number of dead bees makes an analysis

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Financial Analyst for European family office for 10 plus years. Currently, working as an independent business researcher reporter and investing for my own portfolio.

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