Precious Pollinators – Bees, Monarchs, Moths and Others

New US and European research continues to show  glyphosate and neonicotinoid insecticide damage to honeybees and pollinator populations

USDA study links neonicotinoid clothianidin as contributing to Monarch butterfly declines.

States (CT, MD) acted to restrict neonicotinoids, but USDA ignores evidence of bee harm and state action.  “Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, an entomologist who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), documented a direct link between pesticide use and bee die-off. The USDA allegedly tried to suppress his research. The USDA plays a major role in regulating the on-farm use of pesticides and Lundgren’s research called into question many of its decisions.”  To read more from GMO Inside article click here

WIDESPREAD AND ALARMING HONEY CONTAMINATION REPORTED!  After much pressure, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly began testing a small number of foods for glyphosate in 2016
Tests revealed glyphosate residues of 653 parts per billion (ppb) in some honey samples — an amount that’s more than 10 times the European limit of 50 ppb.Other honey samples contained glyphosate residues ranging from 20 ppb to 123 ppb
In an internal email, an FDA researcher complained that no honey (even “organic mountain honey”) appeared to be free of glyphosate”  WE MUST PROMOTE PROTECTION OF  OUR BEES AND OUR HEALTH PRONTO!

Illegal GM moth approval for release in upstate NY defies approval procedures – “For the last year, we have been asking both USDA and Cornell for more detailed information about the potential impacts of this first of its kind field trial, as well as which regulators will oversee it,” said Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety. “But answers have been few and far between, and it’s not even clear if Cornell has obtained the proper federal approval to conduct this experiment. The regulator and applicant have been secretive throughout the entire process and FOI requests have been ignored since 2015.

EPA taking narrow view of pesticides in “spray” only would miss bee harms from 21st century GMO-neonicotinoid coated seeds – “For bees living in the 21st century, the world is a dangerous place. With grasslands being increasingly converted into corn and soybean fields, finding wild flowering trees, weeds and other plants can be a challenge. In the U.S., for instance, bees often live near genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean fields.These seeds are often coated in neonicotinoid pesticides, and the chemicals are found in corn and soybean pollen.”  9 of 10 people are contaminated with “pesticide cocktails” and RoundUp’s Glyphosate is considered the most used and abused (in GMO and pre-harvest coatings in conventional crops) ,and  found virtually everywhere.   Link to article 

BEES – Dismal Mortality Update with 30% US Bees Wiped Out- May 2016  Dr. Dennis VanEngelsdorp, University of Maryland bee scientist and survey leader, told The Guardian:”It’s very troubling and what really concerns me that we are losing colonies in summer too, when bees should be doing so well … This suggests there is something more going on — bees may be the canary in the coalmine of bigger environmental problems.”  Significantly, one in 3 bites of food eaten is directly or indirectly bee-pollinated. We need a properly functioning pollination system to produce orchard fruits, cucumbers, almonds, blueberries, veggies and other types of food as well as flowers. Increased bee losses is more than tragic – supermarket shelves will become sparser!   


The majority of corn, soy and cotton acreage are genetically modified to resist pests. All are treated with GMO herbicides and are maintained with chemical fertilizers. And nearly all are treated with neonicotinoid seed treatments and have antibiotic residues from GMO trait insertion technology.