From a member of the ANBees Group:
"Monsanto wants to replace the bees they are killing with genetically engineered flying ants
On a fine June morning last year at a Target store outside Portland, Oregon, customers arrive to a startling sight: the parking lot was covered with a seething mat of bumblebees, some staggering around, most already dead, more raining down from above. The die-off lasted several days.
It didn't take long to figure out that the day before a pest-control company had sprayed a powerful insecticide on surrounding Linden trees to protect them from aphids; but nobody warned the bees to stay away. In the end, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees perished.
The tragedy at Target wiped out as many as 300 bumblebee colonies of bees no longer available to pollinate nearby trees and flowers.
Part of our commitment to preserving the environment includes protecting the health of honey bees. That's why we work with many groups to develop sustainable solutions for the complex issues facing honey bee health. –Monsanto's Website
Latest studies have found a link between neonicotinoid pesticides that are vastly used in GE corn crops. As GE farming has become an essential part of agriculture in today's modern world, we had to develop ways to promote both the continuity of GE farming and the survival of the honey bees, a fascinating challenge?
Since GE farming and neonicotinoid pesticides are here to stay, we first tried to modify the bees as to increase their immune system to these insecticides, with little or no success.
Yet, we did not despair and eventually started testing on winged virgin queens and males of the ant species. Although ants usually lose their wings after the queen has been inseminated and starts to give birth to the new colony, genetic manipulation has produced a flying ant species that is strikingly similar to the common honey bee, and 50 times stronger to certain types of pesticides.
Through genetic manipulations, we could eventually create a hybrid species that would have both the common honey bee's pollinating characteristics, as well as possess the pesticide immunization properties of certain ant species, a perfect match that would take thousands of years to develop on its own in nature.
UN-believable. It'd be almost funny if it were not so darned serious. Killing off a complex pollinator and replacing millions of years of natural selection with a genetically modified ant-bee hybrid. It beggars belief.
"As GE farming has become an essential part of agriculture in today's modern world"
Good god, they talk as if there is no alternative.
"Since GE farming and neonicotinoid pesticides are here to stay, we first tried to modify the bees..."
Another shocked moment. The assumption is it's a done deal. Maybe this is true no matter what mankind decides to do. Man has created this situation and there is no going back. The outcome is inevitable.
This is beyond understanding.
Man is apparently the most stupid animal on the planet.
I would agree about our stupidity as a species. Add to that greed beyond avarice and we are looking at the end of life as we know it. We were given a fabulous place to grow in and we've shat in our own nests. Those of us who care about our planet could well be taken down with those of they who care only for themselves.
This is scary... Chimera of insects, no sooner would they start creating chimera of animals and then humans.... shudder at the prospect...>___<"