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We Have to Bee Careful

Gabriel Perez

Posted on October 12, 2018 21:44

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Monsanto strikes again. Glyphosate is affecting the bees.

On August 15th, a study was done by an advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group, and their findings were widely reported throughout the internet.

The study found traces of herbicides on popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Quaker Oats. The main ingredient found was something called glyphosate.

Turns out, glyphosate is used heavily in a Monsanto product called RoundUp, which is a weedkiller. The interesting part about RoundUp is that it not only kills weeds but also has the ability to kill crops. This has caused Monsanto to go a step further and create crops that are resistant to RoundUp.

If that sounds like Monsanto is going in circles, it's because they are.  They created a product that killed the very thing it was supposed to protect. So, instead of ceasing to use the product, they changed the very nature of the plants themselves. This is either impressive science or just plain scary. It is doubtful there's any 'in between' on this.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the amount of glyphosate found in cereals is not enough to be harmful to humans. If that isn't enough to comfort you, just keep this in mind: Monsanto has recently released a statement saying glyphosate does not cause cancer.

So, because Monsanto made this statement, we should all be able to rest easy. After all, they are a mega-corporation looking out for the well-being of us consumers, aren't they?

The only problem is, a new study has emerged and it concerns bees. It says, "The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a team of researchers at the University of Texas, shows that when bees make their daily rounds, landing on plants to collect pollen and nectar, any glyphosate they might ingest is hurting the microbiomes of their guts."

The study also found out that bee larvae are also being affected by glyphosate, causing them to show slower growth rate or to die out when exposed to the chemical.

You may already be aware of this, but it bears repeating: The work that bees do in pollinating the world's crops is extremely important. Many people have even cited the now famous quote by Albert Einstein where he said, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

Four years is not a lot of time to come up with a solution. Not at all.  Not to mention that by that time, it would be way too late. Why not start now?  

If Monsanto focused the same energy on saving the bees as they do in genetically modifying crops, maybe our future would be a lot brighter.

Then again, their past suggests that if they did this, they may just want to genetically modify the bee instead of ceasing to create their products. This alternative is too disturbing to contemplate and should never be put into practice.

Our precious bees deserve better.

 

  

Gabriel Perez

Posted on October 12, 2018 21:44

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Source: Quartz

New research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests Monsanto’s ubiquitious and controversial weedkiller, RoundUp,...

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