Read this Huffpost article by Christina Wilkie (Pesticide Lobby Spends Millions To Defend Chemicals Tied To Bee Deaths) about big lobbying efforts on the part of neonicotinoid producers. I also recently learned that 90% of corn seeds are coated with this neonicotinoid stuff before they are even planted (Read Tom Philpott’s Mother Jones article here). Though DNA is not being altered, the crop growing from the seed certainly is and it’s not working out too well for our pollinator friends. (Reminds me a lot of GMOs.)
Lately I’ve been writing a lot about the bees. The reason for that is, perhaps, that I’m of the opinion that this is as serious of an issue or more so as climate change – or world seed domination by chemical companies. At current die off rates, bees (and all pollinators) will be wiped off the planet in my children’s lifetime if not my own. While we argue about labeling GMOs, BEES ARE DYING.
Of course we should absolutely label GMOs, mitigate climate change and fight against world seed domination but I am growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of any permanent action being taken to fix – or at least slow down – this looming pollinator catastrophe. With my blog, I sometimes feel like a triage nurse trying to rank patient maladies and get proper care to the one who needs it most.
While Monsanto, DuPont, world governments and citizens lobby, draft bills, carry signs and wave flags, bees continue to die. Neonicotinoids have been implicated as the main culprits but, oh yes, more chemical companies like Bayer, one of the leading manufacturers of neonicotinoid products, are still arguing that they are safe. What? Remind you of anything? Like Big Oil and climate change maybe? Like Monsanto and GMOs maybe?
Once again, big business, big lobby, big money = winners. The planet = losers. But then again if the pollinators are gone, no one eats. (Though it would not surprise me one bit if there were wild-haired scientists in labs as we speak creating seeds that will yield no-pollen necessary crops. Bees? Who cares? Science can do better.)
See other recent Sleuth4Health posts about bee die off: Are GMOs the reason the bees are disappearing?, US government sued over use of pesticides linked to bee harm, Once they’re gone, they’re gone,