Bees and butterflies in mysterious decline

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2012 - 9:29 PM

The impact of chemicals and GMO seeds may not be confined to farmers' fields.

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gkimballNov. 23, 1210:21 PM

We spread toxins all over the countryside and then call the havoc they cause a "mystery." What a shocker!

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martiankingNov. 23, 1211:13 PM

This will be called another left-wing conspiracy by the stick-your-head-in-the-sand crowd that says climate change is not real or humans have no effect upon our environment. We're doomed like the dodo birds and the Wooly Mammoths.

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FrozenbrainNov. 23, 1211:39 PM

Why do we continue to have headlines calling this a mystery? Come on Star Tribune, there is not mystery to it. GM seeds and heavily sprayed poisons on our foods are doing their intended jobs... kill off life. We need to wake up as a country and start supporting organic foods unless we want less biodiversity, more health problems and less tasty foods.

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rlwr51Nov. 24, 12 1:33 AM

Ironically, the companion article "Those bugs are going to outsmart us" seems solve this "mystery". Seems that those "bugs" have adjusted to the engineered seeds which has led to an increase in pesticides. Seems like we are going to outsmart ourselves.

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irish2readNov. 24, 12 7:56 AM

Wonder if it's a combination of the GM seeds and the fact that the nicotine based pesticide that is absorbed into the plant as it grows causing the die off. .... surely that must affect the quality of the pollen that the bees take. Not just the quality, I guess, but the very chemical make up of that pollen. I'm no scientist, but it seems pretty clear to me that we are causing this by messing with the food we and the livestock eat... I agreee 100% FrozenBrain....it's no mystery...

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sfod93Nov. 24, 1211:20 AM

...and in other news, agribusiness using more chemicals than ever.... Researchers can not determine the source of increased food and water contamination.

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jcf817Nov. 24, 12 3:42 PM

If the bees die, we die. It's very simple. We should be doing everything in our power to save the bees, but it seems that the Multi-National chemical companies are never interested in anything but the bottom line.

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splinedNov. 25, 12 6:34 AM

The federal government's solution to this problem would be to guarantee the investment's of beekeepers as well as guarantee beekeeper's profits profits and hook the taxpayers for billions in subsidies to run this program. This has not happened yet to this degree. Actually the federal government has come up with a type of crop insurance for beekeepers but it is not as insanely bloated as it is for the government preferred crops and for the wealthiest farmers.

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