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Here we go again with Monsanto and their Glyphosphate (Roundup) … its killing bees

We have written a few articles in the last couple of years about Monsanto poisons being sprayed on U.S. crops and farmland:

Glyphosate levels found in U.S. foods – A Monsanto Thanksgiving

Another Monsanto chemical – it probably cannot be controlled

GMO’s – here we go again with Monsanto, this time it’s our grass

Glyphosphate (aka Roundup) is a broad spectrum herbicide, meant to kill weeds.  Unfortunately glyphosphate is a poison.  It is ending up in our foods.  In addition, Monsanto has been genetically modifying seeds (GMO seeds) so that the crops can withstand ever-higher levels of their chemicals without dying in the field.

Whenever we write these articles, we usually have a group of angry (mostly Iowa farmers) flooding our FB post, proclaiming the necessity of using these poisons because it would be impossible to pull weeds on their 10,000 acre farms by hand.

Not only are these poisons affecting people, the latest science finds that glyphosphate is also killing off honey bees. Read the latest article about the honey bee study by the U. of Texas at Austin and the detailed publication appearing in this week’s “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” . Monsanto of course denies this to be true and claims in the Guardian, “No large-scale study has found any link between glyphosate and the decline of the honeybee population.”

People are known to widely consume glyphosate residues in food – such as children’s breakfast cereal – but the health impact is controversial. In August a US court ordered Monsanto to pay $289m in damages after a jury ruled that the weedkiller caused a terminally ill man’s cancer. The company (Monsanto) filed papers to dismiss the case on 19 September.

If you find this disturbing, take a trip with me underwater to the center of an extinct volcano at Santorini Island in Greece.  During the 4 days of diving both inside and outside the cone, these grunts were the only fish observed.  The dive leader was very excited to see any fish at all. In this case, the cause was natural chemicals oozing up from the center of the volcano making the waters uninhabitable to all but the hardiest of fish.  I worry that this is now occurring to bees due to man-made Monsanto chemicals applied to our land.

A couple of “grunts” swimming in the Santorini volcano

 

 

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