37 million Bees found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada, after large planting of GMO corn seed treated with Neonicotinoid pesticides

[In July of 2013,] local beekeepers are finding [found] millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. Used in planting corn and some other crops. The European Union just recently voted to ban these insecticides for two years, beginning December 1, 2013, to be able to study how it relates to the large bee kill they are experiencing there also.

Local grower Nathan Carey from the Neustadt, and National Farmers Union Local 344 member, says he noticed this spring the lack of bees and bumble bees on his farm. He believes that there is a strong connection between the insecticide use and the death of pollinators.

“I feel like we all have something at stake in this issue,” he said. He is organizing a public workshop and panel discussion about this problem at his farm June 22 at 10 a.m. He hopes that all interested parties can get together and talk about the reason bees, the prime pollinators of so any different plant species, are dying.

At the farm of Gary Kenny, south west of Hanover, eight of the 10 hives he kept for a beekeeper out of Kincardine, died this spring just after corn was planted in neighboring fields.

What seems to be deadly to bees is that the neonicotinoid pesticides are coating corn seed and with the use of new air seeders, are blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was looked at by the American Purdue University. They found that, “Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case. Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) are the only major source of these compounds.

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37 million Bees found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada, after large planting of GMO corn seed treated with Neonicotinoid pesticides.

Sources: http://www.thepost.on.ca/2013/06/19/bees-dying-by-the-millions

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11739-gmo-bee-deaths.html

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20 Comments on 37 million Bees found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada, after large planting of GMO corn seed treated with Neonicotinoid pesticides

  1. Maybe the bee keepers should find away to link the death of the bee’s to the modified corn and than make a class action suit because of it….

  2. I don’t get the link between the insecticides and GMO. Are they less of a problem with non GMO corn?

    • GMO plants are not designed to be more nutritious they are designed to be immune to a chemical. Instead of hiring workers to go out and deal with pests as they arrive farmers can just douse entire fields. The chemical will kill everything. Not just bees are dying because of this, so are the actual workers working in the fields in the third world countries a lot of our food comes from.

    • Please read the article and watch the video. The genetic modification of the corn is meant to act as a pesticide, killing insects that are harmful to the crop. In the process it also kills the bees. Without bees to pollinate plants. Everything on the surface of the earth is in jeopardy. Everything. Pesticides in any form are harmful to both good and bad insects. They are also harmful to you.

      • Heather, the genetic modification in the BT corn is meant to kill cutworms and other looper-like insects that eat into parts of the corn plant. Since honeybees don’t eat any of the corn plant the genetic modification should not affect the bees. The systemic nature of the neonicontinoids might affect bees if the bees collect corn pollen but that would be 40-60 days after planting.

        • with the use of new air seeders, are blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted – .

        • The neonicontinoids are theorized to be airborne immediately after planting. “. . . with the use of new air seeders, are blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted.” The neonicontinoid threat referenced in the article is immediate.

        • Exception to this. When the air seeders are used, the poisons are airborne and land on everything around. It gets into the water, on plants and animals. People too. When the bees drink water or pull pollen from ANY plant that has this, they become infected and die.

          • Tim and Pat – I agree that the neonic materials blown out into the air is a BIG problem for all nearby pollinators, one that has to be fixed. Hopefully equipment engineers can redesign the planters to reduce dust from escaping the equipment. My comment to Heather was meant to address the GM nature of the corn. BT corn didn’t kill the bees.

    • The link between GMO and Pesticides
      GMO have been genetically modified to do many things, but most specific to work in connection with the GMO-modifying companies pesticides.
      IE: a GMO Modified soybean might have a genetic chain changed to allow it to live when sprayed with Round-UP
      Or this corn had a change to work with other chemicals.

      What that means is Bees for thousands (millions?) of years have become genetically aware that they should not go near plants that are bad for Bees.
      Bees go towards these genetically modified plants and do their normal business. However the plants are now toxic.
      A Bee instinctively (Read Genetically) knows that a toxic plant should be avoided .. but not any more.

  3. Gosh damn it!

  4. If all the bees in the world die, so do we as they are the main cross pollinators of the plants that we depend on as a food source.

  5. Planted runner beans this year. Large healthy plants with lots of flowers. No bees around and now no beans :(

  6. They are trying to kill of English speaking people. No one is safe.

  7. ANSWER …………..If you know where there is a GMO feild BURN IT !!!!!!!!!!!

  8. It would appear certain corps. are trying to take a lead at controlling food supply and of course the paid for government (either party) sits on its hands and watches it happen. Typically, if the public doesn’t march on an issue it’s taken by government that the public approves.Didn’t Monsanto recently buy the largest bee research company in the US or was it California? I wonder why? Watch The Future of Food and see who was on its board at the time the documentary was made.

    • Yes they bought a company named Beeologics back in 2011. That company is looking into the relationship between a parasitic fungus and colony collapse. One theory around Colony Collapse Disorder is that something, perhaps the Neonicotinoid is somehow making the bee’s more vulnerable, or perhaps the fungus has recently mutated. There is a lot that is not known.

      Monsanto also recently sponsored a Summit looking into CCD. Before you jump to the conclusion that was just white washing or propaganda, consider that they did so in partnership with Project Apis M, a honey bee research organization, and the Honey Bee Advisory Council, a new organization made up of honey bee researchers and beekeepers.

      Here’s one link about it, http://www.fastcoexist.com/1682672/what-really-happened-at-monsantos-bee-conference (although ironically even that article early on uses the phrase ‘Monsanto’s chemicals’ when that is not the case, it’s been a long long time since Monsanto was a chemical company, that division was sold off decades ago to some big phrama outfit. Neonicotinoid based pesticides are made by Bayer.) As far as that bee Summit goes, I’d encourage you to google for more links and learn more about what is really going on. (although some of them are at Monsanto’s blog, which you probably won’t bother reading since I’m sure your mind is made up already, you know all the facts, and everything Monsanto says is a lie.)

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