Honey Bees and CCD,,,, THANKS Monsanto, et al,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Sun Apr 8, 2007 00:57

Honey Bees and CCD,,,, THANKS Monsanto, et al,,,,,,,,,,,,,

"Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD)

That’s what scientists call the mysterious phenomenon, and it’s fast turning into a national catastrophe of sorts. A number of universities and government agencies have formed a "CCD Working Group" to search for causes, but have so far come up empty-handed. But, like Dennis van Engelsdorp, an apiarist with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, they are already referring to the problem as a potential "AIDS For The Bee Industry."

One thing is certain: Millions of bees have simply vanished. In most cases, all that's left in the hives are the doomed offspring. But dead bees are nowhere to be found -- neither in nor anywhere close to the hives. Diana Cox-Foster, a member of the CCD Working Group, says researchers were "extremely alarmed," adding that the crisis "has the potential to devastate the US beekeeping industry."

It is particularly worrisome, she said, that the bees' death is accompanied by a set of symptoms "which does not seem to match anything in the literature."

In many cases, scientists have found that the few surviving bees found in the hives show evidence of almost all known bee viruses, some with 5 or 6 different infections at the same time, and also infested with fungi -- a sign, experts say, that the insects' immune system may have collapsed.

The scientists are also surprised that bees and other insects usually leave the abandoned hives untouched. Nearby bee populations or parasites would normally raid the honey and pollen stores of colonies that have died for other reasons, such as excessive winter cold. "This suggests that there is something toxic in the colony itself which is repelling them," says Cox-Foster.

Genetically Modified Morality, eh Mortality

Walter Haefeker, the German beekeeping official, speculates that the fact that genetically modified, insect-resistant plants are now used in 40% of cornfields in the U.S. could be playing a role. The figure is much lower in Germany -- only 0.06% -- and most of that occurs in the eastern states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg. Haefeker recently sent a researcher at the CCD Working Group some data from a bee study that he has long felt shows a possible connection between genetic engineering and diseases in bees.

The study in question is a small research project conducted at the University of Jena from 2001 to 2004. The researchers examined the effects on bees of pollen from a genetically modified maize variant called "Bt Corn". A gene from a soil bacterium had been inserted into the corn to enable the plant to produce an agent that is toxic to insect pests. The study concluded that there was no evidence of a "toxic effect of Bt corn on healthy honeybee populations." But when, by sheer chance, the bees used in the experiments were infested with a parasite, something eerie happened. According to the Jena study, "a significantly stronger decline in the number of bees" occurred among the insects which had been fed a highly concentrated Bt poison feed.

According to Professor Hans-Hinrich Kaatz, the director of the study, the bacterial toxin in the genetically modified corn may have "altered the surface of the bee's intestines, sufficiently weakening the bees to allow the parasites to gain entry -- or perhaps it was the other way around. We don't know."

Of course, the concentration of the toxin was 10 times higher in the experiments than in normal Bt corn pollen. In addition, the bee feed was administered over a relatively lengthy six-week period.

Kaatz wanted to continue studying the phenomenon but lacked the necessary funding. "Those who have the money are not interested in this sort of research," he says.

did they tell him to buzz off, or just not answer his messages YOU decide.

[translated from the German by Christopher Sultan]




Dear Friends,

You probably realize that without bees there is no honey. Neither will the plants and trees bear fruit. Without seeds there will be no regeneration.

So long as Man rejects the rule of his Almighty Creator Man will self-destruct. That is The Promise.

"A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of Yahuwah your Almighty Creator [the LORD your Go d], which I command you this day:
And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of Yahuwah your Almighty Creator [the LORD your God], but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known." Deuteronomy 11:27, 28

"From the flowers to the trees.
To the hive come the bees.
From their honey comes the money.
And with their lies come the flies."

copyright Reinhold Sommerstedt


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