Amid blame for bee collapse, Monsanto buys leading bee research firm

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Anthony Gucciardi
April 19, 2012

Monsanto, the massive biotechnology company being blamed for contributing to the dwindling bee population, has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations. Recently banned from Poland with one of the primary reasons being that the company’s genetically modified corn may be devastating the dying bee population, it is evident that Monsanto is under serious fire for their role in the downfall of the vital insects. It is therefore quite apparent why Monsanto bought one of the largest bee research firms on the planet.

It can be found in public company reports hosted on mainstream media that Monsanto scooped up the Beeologics firm back in September 2011. During this time the correlation between Monsanto’s GM crops and the bee decline was not explored in the mainstream, and in fact it was hardly touched upon until Polish officials addressed the serious concern amid the monumental ban. Owning a major organization that focuses heavily on the bee collapse and is recognized by the USDA for their mission statement of “restoring bee health and protecting the future of insect pollination” could be very advantageous for Monsanto.

In fact, Beelogics’ company information states that the primary goal of the firm is to study the very collapse disorder that is thought to be a result — at least in part — of Monsanto’s own creations. Their website states:

"While its primary goal is to control the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) infection crises, Beeologics’ mission is to become the guardian of bee health worldwide."

What’s more, Beelogics is recognized by the USDA, the USDA-ARS, the media, and ‘leading entomologists’ worldwide. The USDA, of course, has a great relationship with Monsanto. The government agency has gone to great lengths to ensure that Monsanto’s financial gains continue to soar, going as far as to give the company special speed approval for their newest genetically engineered seed varieties. It turns out that Monsanto was not getting quick enough approval for their crops, which have been linked to severe organ damage and other significant health concerns.

Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, states it quite plainly. It was a move to help Monsanto and other biotechnology giants squash competition and make profits. After all, who cares about public health?

“It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky said in a telephone interview.

It appears that when Monsanto cannot answer for their environmental devastation, they buy up a company that may potentially be their ‘experts’ in denying any such link between their crops and the bee decline.


It appears that when Monsanto cannot answer for their environmental devastation, they buy up a company that may potentially be their ‘experts’ in denying any such link between their crops and the bee decline.

This is unethical at a new level.

I really am glad you post all of this stuff here, Logic. I was strongly considering applying for a job at Monsanto after college (they have a facility very close to where I'm at) in their biotechnology division. I have a few "in's" there in my network and so it seemed like a good plan.

You've made the decision not to do that very simple for me by posting on these assholes. I could never be a part of a company whose business practices were so vile and disgusting. To think that the Harvard graduates running the show over there can't see how clearly they betray how devious their intentions are should perhaps suggest that Harvard is lacking in philosophy and English courses.

The closer I get to graduation, the more I am realizing that my options are very limited in the chemical industry if I don't want to sell my soul for money (or make very little of it). I'm hoping beyond hopes that I can figure out some niche role in the canna community--lest I find myself developing the drug that will cure the cancer one of my company's pesticides caused.
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Squiggly, herb is the cure for cancer, so your already doing your part. as for Freaking Monsanto... I eat organic and mostly raw food diet, but I know that plants eat chemical nutrients and its up to the "chemists" in soil (bennies) to make the nutes for the plants. Perhaps you could be the chemist that proves that certain pesticides and fertilizers are hazardous. Get them from the inside out. Or even develop and organic extract that is found in pollen that will help the bees. Australia has super antibiotic honey that no where else in the world has. I am just ramblin forgive me.

I have two beehives goin right first time keeping bees. Besides CCD, and blight, mites seem to be a big problem. One of the natural methods to keeping mites at bay is dusting them with powdered sugar. they clean off the powdered sugar which in turn gets rid of the mite. Australian bees dont have as many problems as the Bees in the US, so I am looking to grow some of the plants that are native to Australia. Bee Keeping bees is awesome.
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