In a move that would make Gargamel, Dr. Evil, and Auric Goldfinger proud Monsanto has bought one of the leading bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) research groups, Beeologics, in an apparent effort to cover their sizable tracks and, of course, take over the world.
Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMOs) crops have long been a prime suspect in the rapid decline of bee colonies around the world. Beeologics was “an international firm dedicated to restoring bee health and protecting the future of insect pollination.” Now they’re another division of Monsanto.
Monsanto praised Beeologics current research projects and products in their development pipeline (particularly the ones focusing on bee health), saying that they planned to use this technology to “further explore the use of biologicals in agriculture.” By biologicals we can only assume Monsanto means bees and other natural things, which have been the building blocks of agriculture since the first hunter/gatherer decided to dig in the dirt. Perhaps Monsanto looks forward to developing a GMO bee to go with its GMO plants. Of course, the last time someone messed with a bee we got this killer bee.
Monsanto’s website claims, “Both companies expect their combined research could provide farmers with novel approaches to the challenges they face.” One of those challenges being the complete and utter absence of bees.
To read more about Colony Collapse Disorder I recommend this article on HowStuffWorks.com.
As far as what you can do to stem the fall of bees and fight the mighty Monsanto? Plant some non-GMO or heritage seeds and shop at your local farmers market whenever possible.