Biotech and the Extinction of Bees

Jun. 11, 2011 4:26 AM ETSYT, MON-OLD2 Comments
Jack Kreuz profile picture
Jack Kreuz's Blog
10 Followers
Please Note: Blog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors.

Contributor Since 2011

Respect for the rights of others means peace.

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 (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.

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.


Recommended For You

Comments (2)

To ensure this doesn’t happen in the future, please enable Javascript and cookies in your browser.
Is this happening to you frequently? Please report it on our feedback forum.
If you have an ad-blocker enabled you may be blocked from proceeding. Please disable your ad-blocker and refresh.