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Is Monsanto Killing Our Bees?

Lynn Griffith
Is Monsanto Killing Our Bees?
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Monsanto continues to try to push the boundaries in terms of taking GMOs to other countries.  Thus far, Monsanto has been banned by 26 different countries including: Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Russia.(1)

Twenty-six different countries have banned Monsanto!

These countries either explored how GMOs are impacting other countries, or invited Monsanto in, only to give them the boot later.

From health impacts to Colony Collapse Disorder, the impact of GMOs has been great and severe.  In the United States, we have seen honeybee populations die off and scientists scramble to figure out what is killing these much needed food pollinators.  Scientists now believe pesticides play a major role in the collapse of bee and butterfly colonies!(2)

Scientists believe that Monsanto plays a role in bee colony collapse disorder!

Last week, Monsanto once again heard the word “no” twice!  Last Wednesday, a court ruling favored an injunction by Maya beekeepers on the Yucatán peninsula.  This decision suspended a permit that allowed Monsanto to farm GMO soybeans on over 250,000 hectares in the area, ruling that a federal agency must consult the indigenous communities before any further permits are granted.(3)

Environmental organizations discussed how GMO soybeans would put honey production and 15,000 Maya families at risk due to glyphosate.  Of course, Monsanto’s response is that their GMO soy has no impact on bees and causes no damages to the honey industry. (3)

Appellate court ruled that Monsanto could not plant GMO soybeans on 250,000 hectares on the Yucatán peninsula due to the risk this would have on the honey industry and the farm families!

Mexico initially banned GMO corn in September 2013, but this ruling was overturned in August.  This opened the door for Monsanto to walk through, with hopes to double their sales in this country within the next 5 years.  The ruling last week may halt Monsanto!(3)

Monsanto continues to deny the impact of their products no matter how many countries say “no.”  They continue to defend their products stating that they do not harm the environment, and deny that their chemicals have any impact on the collapse of bee colonies.  When glyphosate was deemed to be carcinogenic, they denied that this was true.  It’s obvious that Monsanto will not accept responsibility for their damages, so as consumers, we must make educated decisions, stop buying GMOs, and continue to let Monsanto know that consumers across the world don’t want their products!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.thenation.com
(2) www.organicconsumers.org
(3) ecowatch.com

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