Monsanto Wants to Help the Honeybees?

dead beesThe continuing drama of those poor honeybees, or the slow demise of them, has Monsanto looking to help. (Monsanto Company is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand)

In 2011 Monsanto, bought an Israeli company called Beeologics, which had developed an RNA interference technology that can be fed to bees through sugar water. The idea is that when a nurse bee spits this sugar water into each cell of a honeycomb where a queen bee has laid an egg, the resulting larvae will consume the RNA interference treatment. With the right sequence in the interfering RNA, the treatment will be harmless to the larvae, but when a mite feeds on it, the pest will ingest its own self-destruct signal.

Self-destruct signal? Really?

According to a comprehensive federal study, the devastation of American honeybee colonies is the result of a complex stew of factors, including pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition and a lack of genetic diversity.

RNA interference technology… another name for another pesticide. Monsanto wins, bees lose.

No Clue on the Cause of Honeybee Deaths

No Clue on the Cause of Honeybee Deaths

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It has been awhile since I reported on New Bees?BioTech for Bees and . So how are the little fuzzy flying buzzing bees doing with their fungus and Colony Collapse Disorder? Really, not much of a change.

According to a comprehensive federal study published on Thursday, the devastation of American honeybee colonies is the result of a complex stew of factors, including pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition and a lack of genetic diversity.

The report does not place more weight on one factor over another, and recommends a range of actions and further research.

Sure, that’s what will fix this, more years and years of research.