Minnesotans take threats to pollinators to heart

  • Article by: Josephine Marcotty , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 6:27 PM

From the State Capitol to back yards, the fight is on to protect bees and other insects that make our food and ecosystem possible.

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tmauelJan. 25, 14 6:57 PM

Monsanto and other pesticide herbicide producers are reintroducing dioxin based products to control Roundup resistance super weeds. Unless something is done to stop this madness what is left of the badly fragmented eco system will be destroyed further. Wild bird eggs will be thinned and their ability to reproduce imperiled. And sky high cancer rates in humans will get worse.

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moltenartJan. 25, 14 7:22 PM

Notice no manufacturers of GMO's listed. Everybody should be aware of these dangers. Stop buying GMO products.........

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vikesgr8fanJan. 26, 14 6:39 AM

moltenart GMOs have nothing to do with the collapse of the bee colonies.

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northfalkeJan. 27, 14 7:34 PM

Pesticides and GMOs are destroying bee populations... Buy organic, buy local, and refuse to support the dealers of death. Actually, it's long overdue for someone to sue these corporations and win... too bad their pockets are so deep that our justice system can't/won't rule against them.

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kingofacesJan. 28, 14 1:29 PM

Northfalke, how are you proposing that GMOs are destroying bee populations? Last I checked, the only major ones we use are Bt crops and Roundup resistant crops. Both of them have been confirmed not to be a cause of bee decline. If you want to rail against the "dealers of death" that's your prerogative, but at least stick to facts.

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rlwr51Feb. 1, 1412:19 PM

I would like to see a ban on nicotinoids. At very least labeling of plants and seeds treated with these products. It makes me sick that I have been planting flower gardens to attract and preserve bees, butterflies, etc. only to find that I have been poisoning them.

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rlwr51Feb. 1, 1412:22 PM

I am willing to believe that GMO crops don't harm insects directly. Logic would also tell me that that is the case. But I also haven't seen any scientific studies to prove that either.

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grandmaeliseFeb. 18, 14 4:08 PM

Agreed that the Round-up treated seeds and plants should be labeled. That's a no-brainer. I have been told that Roundup is like neonicitinoids in being aystemic, i.e., becomes a permanent part of every cell of the treated plant. Is that true, to your knowledge? I also have a question re your original article on bees. The research on canola—how does it apply to corn? Corn puts out pollen for two whole weeks in billowing drifts, and apparently all the insect world loves the corn pollen. Also, corn is planted in huge tracts and huge amounts. Are the same things true of canola? Have the bee saviors stayed on course? This is a fascinating train of events you're covering. Many thanks.

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