Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Are GM crops killing bees?

This is worrisome--Birdchick, make sure you warn your little guys to stay away from corn fields! From Spiegel Online:

Are GM Crops Killing Bees?

By Gunther Latsch

A mysterious decimation of bee populations has German beekeepers worried, while a similar phenomenon in the United States is gradually assuming catastrophic proportions. The consequences for agriculture and the economy could be enormous....

Walter Haefeker, the German beekeeping official, speculates that "besides a number of other factors," the fact that genetically modified, insect-resistant plants are now used in 40 percent of cornfields in the United States could be playing a role. The figure is much lower in Germany -- only 0.06 percent -- and most of that occurs in the eastern states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg. Haefeker recently sent a researcher at the CCD Working Group some data from a bee study that he has long felt shows a possible connection between genetic engineering and diseases in bees.

Read the whole troubling article.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the heads up! Corn is supposed to be low on the desirable list for honey bees according to our prof at the U of M beekeeping short course.

    Most of the plantings within two miles of our bees will be clover, dandelions, and alfalfa. Last year there was some corn about five miles away, but hopefully our bees will find better fare closer to home.