[permaculture] [Fwd: Re: [SANET-MG] are gm crops killing bees]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Thu Apr 5 23:54:28 EDT 2007

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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] are gm crops killing bees
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 23:18:10 -0400
From: jcummins <jcummins at UWO.CA>

Hello Shane Morris Senior Consumer Analyst  for Agriculture Canada and
co-author of an award winning paper in the British Food Journal.
It is always a treat to respond to government bureaucrats  seeking to
influence public opinion. As, I am sure you aware,  my repeated comment
on the honey bee decline disaster was that the US NRC report had
neglected the impact of  pesticides and GM crops in their report which
certainly influences the funding of research. There is a long list of
pesticides that influence the health and the behavior of bees. There has
been less research on the influence of  the pesticides in GM crops
containing Bt toxins and those requiring herbicides ( herbicides like
insecticides are known to effect bee health). It seems to me the
Canadian bureaucrats are fluttering about trying to pretend that
pesticides and GM crops are not factors in the bee disaster. The
Canadian bureaucrats  seem to follow the famous dictum of the Editor of
the British Food Journal  who declared that there is a common
misconception that science is about facts. At this point in time the
stated preference for public relations over facts seems to me a major
contributer to government supported research leading to blind alleys and
hastening the ultimate disaster, extinction of honey bees.  sincerely,
joe cummins

Shane Morris wrote:
> I'm no entomologist, epidemiology expert or Joe Cummins but I find it 
> difficult to jusify blaming GM pollen when similar colony collapses are 
> now been reported across the EU where is there is a distinct lack of GM 
> pollen in the environment....see news piece below from tomorrows Irish
> Times....
> Bee colonies may be under threat
> Seán Mac Connell, Agriculture Correspondent
> Fri, Apr 06, 2007
> As beekeepers across Europe have reported massive losses of colonies,
> the Department of Agriculture has appealed to beekeepers here to
> contact them if they they are having similar losses.
> The huge losses are a result of either colony collapse disorder
> (CCD), a disease that has already hit the US stocks very hard, or a
> new form of Varroa destructor, a mite that attacks bees.
> In London, it was reported this week that about 4,000 hives, two-
> thirds of the bee colonies in the capital, are estimated to have died
> over the winter when the normal mortality rate is about 15 per cent.
> Britain's department for environment, food and rural affairs said its
> special investigation unit has found that 30 per cent of hives
> inspected so far have been lost, twice the winter loss rate.
> In the US, 50 per cent of the honeybee colonies have been wiped out
> by CCD and hundreds of thousands of colonies have collapsed in Spain.
> Beekeepers in Poland, Greece, Croatia, Switzerland, Italy and
> Portugal have also reported heavy losses.
> A department spokesman in Dublin said it has been monitoring the
> reports of CCD that had been coming from the Continent and
> Britain. "We are unaware of any major losses of colonies here, but
> many beekeepers would not have opened up their hives yet after the
> winter," he said.
> He said one of the major problems when CCD occurs is that no trace of
> the bees is left in a hive and this was a stumbling block for
> scientific research. "We want to know instantly if there have been
> losses here and I would ask beekeepers to report to us or to Teagasc
> if they think their colonies have been hit by CCD." Ireland is only
> recovering from its first ever outbreak of Varroa disease, which
> struck here in the late 1990s and did enormous damage to stocks.
> © 2007 The Irish Times

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