37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn Field

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Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. While many bee keepers blame neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” for colony collapse of bees and many countries in EU have banned neonicotinoid class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture fails to ban insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.

Two of Bayer’s best-selling pesticides, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees. The marketing of these drugs also coincided with the occurrence of large-scale bee deaths in many European countries and the United States.

Nathan Carey another local farmer says that this spring he noticed that there were not enough bees on his farm and he believes that there is a strong correlation between the disappearance of bees and insecticide use.

In the past, many scientists have struggled to find the exact cause of the massive die-offs, a phenomenon they refer to as “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). In the United States, for seven consecutive years, honeybees are in terminal decline.

US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key problem. “We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,” said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory.

The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute over 30 billion to the global economy.

A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that neonicotinoid pesticides kill honeybees by damaging their immune system and making them unable to fight diseases and bacteria.

After reporting large losses of bees after exposure to Imidacloprid, banned it for use on corn and sunflowers, despite protests by Bayer. In another smart move, France also rejected Bayer’s application for Clothianidin, and other countries, such as Italy, have banned certain neonicotinoids as well. After record-breaking honeybee deaths in the UK, the European Union has banned multiple pesticides, including neonicotinoid pesticides.

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      • neonics can and are coated on non-gmo corn. Either GMO or non-gmo can be had with or without this coating. Corn planting tends to be in late April and early May. This is before most flowers aren’t even in bloom yet, meaning bees are foraging. Besides, there is little to attact bees to corn until it blooms, many weeks later.

    • GMO corn has a toxin in its DNA called Bacillus thuringiensis. It is a soil dwelling bacterium that destroys the gut of caterpillars or other larval stage pollinators like moths and butterflies. This toxin is then coupled with neonicotinoids which coat a corn seed before it is planted. The neonicotinoid then grows up into the plant. Bee’s are bringing both of these toxins back to their nest in pollen and nectar. The thing about honey bees if you’ve researched them, is that the young bees are the ones producing the honey and wax. So the older females bring nectar and pollen back to the hive, where the younger females process it. During this processing phase that is where the massive build up of toxin in wax and or food comes from. This BT toxin could also be attacking the gut of the larval bees being fed the honey and pollen. Oh and corn flowers and creates high protein pollen that bees love. So yes, GMO corn could have easily been the cause of CCD.

      • by the way, neonics and bt toxin are shed from corn and other GMO plants and end up binding to the clay of soils, then show up in other plant life, like native flowering plants.

      • Yes, actually. It’s the Republican politicians taking bribes from Big Pharma that has allowed the situation to continue for all these decades. We KNOW the pesticides are dangerous to insect life. DUH.

        Farmers MUST learn to stop using this GMO grap and return to organic, natural methods that don’t destroy the ecosystems.

  1. What is the connection to GMO corn? The article talks about the impact of pesticide use. If anything, GMO crops are engineered to reduce the need for pesticides and therefore can be more bee-friendly.

    • I did a ton of research on this in my science ungrad. They are engineering plants with insecticides in them. When you eat gmo soy or corn you are therefore also ingesting these toxins. It’s so gross what these companies will do to make more money.

      • 99% of the pesticides you ingest are from the crops’ own natural defenses. The only pesticide GM’ed into crops to date is Bt, which you already unknowingly ingest as this is produced from common soil bacteria. Bt is non-toxic to us, like chocolate or grapes.

        • Nicotine is a natural pesticide. Higly toxic. If you’re sitting smoking, or vaping, and reading this, relax, you really don’t need to fret about GMOs, preservatives, or any other food impurities, ’cause you’re inhaling #1. And fretting about Big Agriculture, Tobacco is right up there. And they really don’t care one cent for your health.

    • I believe you are correct to doubt the connection between GMO corn planting and the bee deaths.

      Firstly the corn had not been planted for long enough to start producing pollen. Secondly corn is a wind-pollinated plant – it is most definitely not insect-pollinated. Bees are not the slightest bit interested in plants which do not produce pollen and nectar in forms which are accessible to them.

      The only way the bee deaths could be associated with the corn planting is if the farmer planting the corn dumped a load of insecticide on the young plants to protect his relatively expensive crop – relatively expensive because GMO seeds cost a lot more than unmodified seeds.

      Overuse/irresponsible use of insecticide is far more likely to be the culprit here.

      • Not sure where you are getting your wisdom from… Monsanto? Bees do gather corn pollen. Yes, it blows away… if the bees don’t get to it first. Signed, A Beekeeper

      • Thank you Deacon, your first sentence in the second paragraph is the clincher in this scenario. The corn had just been planted and therefore was nowhere close to flowering. Secondly, while I’m sure the chemicals do leech into the soil, there would be no flowering plants affected in this short of time as nothing else would be growing in the field yet.
        Could some of the chemical on the corn drift during the seeding process…yes…do I think GMO corn is good…no. Do I think chemicals are killing the bees…likely a contributor, but I’m not sure it’s the only cause. I think theres something bigger at play.
        I’m a farm boy so this story struck a nerve. Few things aren’t adding up

    • Please do your research on google scholar. I am a Masters student that has done some extensive reading about bees and GMO’s. There definitely could be a major connection between GMO corn and bee death. If you were unaware, corn flowers and produces protein rich pollen that bees love. Deacon, you’re absolutely incorrect in your assumption that corn only pollinates through the air. BT toxin that is normally associated with corn, is known to destroy the gut of certain worms that feed on the corn. Those larvae are actually moth caterpillars, and butterflies. The BT toxin is present in the pollen of flowering corn, which i you knew anything about plants, you would know that it flowers and casts pollen before the corn is produced: http://www.untiedtswegrowforyou.com/blog/how-do-corn-plants-pollinate There is research that shows BT toxin can inhibit the growth of bees in their larval stage in the hive.

      Add to this fact that GMO corn seed is often coated with a neonic pesticide that grows within the plant, and you have bees that are doubling down on toxin. The problem with GMO’s is that all of the previous research was produced by Bayer-Monsanto, DuPont and other companies that had a vested interest in profit. Now that the real research is happening in schools, the reality of dangers in these GMO’s is hitting home.

    • Part of the GMO aspect is resistance to Roundup. “Round Up Ready” is how it’s marketed. They can plant the corn and spray herbicides simultaneously. They then spray at least once more during the growing season, before the corn gets too tall. Any time you see a field of one plant thriving, but all of a sudden the tall weeds in the field mysteriously die off…. that’s been sprayed with RoundUp.

      Between Roundup on the bees and the Bt inside the plants, they’re pretty well doomed.

  2. Let us explain it to you Gary. Pesticides are incorporated INTO THE SEED, so bees that pollinate those crops are picking up the adulterated pollen and bringing it back to the hive. GMOs are also is a threat to pollinators such as bees and butterflies because they feed on the nectar which is toxic to them because of the genetically incorporated insecticides. Now do you understand?

    • I definitely understand !! As a beekeeper myself, am well aware of the dangers to honeybees when exposed to GMO modified crops….Just remember what Albert Einstein said:
      Albert Einstein — ‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination…

      • What in that article had anything to do with genetically modified crops? Their target, even though they didn’t realize it, was systemic insecticides. My husband and I are bee keepers too and we don’t buy this hogwash.

        • Cindy, you’re not well enough educated to understand the very real problems produced by GMO plants that have also been laced with neonicotinoids.

  3. Planting seeds does not kill bees. It takes about nine weeks before corn will be ready for bees to pollinate. Something else is going on. And for the record. I don’t support any chemical company.

    • Unfortunately, it really is the planting that is killing them. The planters used now are ‘air-seeders’ and they somehow blow up a cloud of the pesticide that is coating the seeds. At the time of the year that these bees were affected, there really is no effect from GMO anything. The dust spreads to other nearby surfaces that bees visit like CRP and tree rows where there might be blooming plants. Google Ag Canada + bees (or something like that) and a report should come up that also implicates traditional insecticides as even more deadly at times. Lots of blame to go around.

  4. Don’t be so hard on Gary – not everybody knows that GMO seeds have pesticides IN the plant.
    Furthermore, the article is incorrect when it claims that bees died merely because some GMO corn was PLANTED nearby. What? Did the bees EAT the corn seeds? It takes more than just planting the corn to affect bees. Corn must GROW big enough to develop the SILKS — EACH silk must be fertilized because each silk makes one kernel of corn.
    MOST IMPORTANTLY, CORN does NOT RELY ON BEES FOR POLLINATION !!!!!!!!!!!
    A crop doesn’t have to be GMO to kill bees because tons of INSECTICIDES are used on NON-GMO crops! IT IS THE INSECTICIDES THAT ARE KILLING BEES — so DON’T BELIEVE everything you read!
    FYI
    Wind will pollinate corn by blowing the necessary pollen from plant to plant. This is not to say that some wing-borne pollinators don’t visit corn, but the crop is NOT reliant on bees where fruit crops such as peaches, apples, etc. are reliant on bees and other flying pollinators.

    • does that mean if the ear of corn is lacking in good kernel formation some pollination could be lacking? it just raised the question.

    • to sugarcat — Yes, poor pollination causes lack of kernel formation. As I said, each silk strand must be pollinated to create one kernel on an ear of corn. If some kernels are missing, those silk strands were not pollinated. But, again, honey bees are NOT the primary pollinators of corn.

  5. GMO’s are designed to kill insects. Bees are insects. GMO’s kill bees. What kills insects kills mammals too. You are a mammal. GMO’s will kill you too eventually.

  6. These guys are seriously mistaken. They are confused between GMO crops and systemic insecticides. They’re completely different tools, but they ignorantly try to use them together, interchangeably, to draw the audience to believe they know what they are saying. Then they try to draw you in with telling you to ask the Lord what is right. They are sadly morons that have drank koolaid that has no basis in science. Yes, neonicitoids are a class of insecticides that are damaging to bees but they’re systemic insecticides NOT GMOS! GMOs are genetically modified so that they contain a biological control bacterium that kills the pest worms that degrade the ear of corn. Corn is pollinated by wind and not insects. If bees in fact pollinated corn, they would not be poisoned when the crop was planted, as with the bees the gentlemen say they witnessed. (If, in fact, there were bee die offs during the planting of those corn seeds, it would have been because of some kind of insecticide that was applied at the same time. That has nothing to do with GMO.) Bees are not attracted to any plants until they start to flower. If it was a GMO crop of corn that was just planted, there is nothing that would be possible to kill any insects at that point because the farmer doesn’t need to use an insecticide since the genetics of the crop contain the bacterium. The main point of planting GMO is that the farmer doesn’t have to spray insecticide. That is actually beneficial to the bees! People get worked up about gmo crops without understanding anything about them. I get worked up about GMO crops because I am concerned that we are creating more resistant pests (insects and weeds) because we don’t manage the tool of GMO properly. We must use multiple modes of action on a target pest rather than sole reliance on one tool, like GMO. But you don’t hear anybody talking about that. They are just talking about ignorant misinformation like what is presented in this video.
    Yup… that video hit a chord with me because they are very irresponsible, thinking they are doing God’s work.

  7. How come nobody has research any relation between GMO embedded pesticide destroying insects nervous system and human Alzheimer’s epidemic increase?

  8. can tell you don’t know about corn,corn is pollinated by the wind and does not need bees to pollinate,bees will collect pollen for their use but it isn’t real good food for them,it is like junk food for them,also gmo’s are modified seeds that allow herbicides to be sprayed on the plant to kill weeds and not the plant,while planting the seeds dust from the chemical on the seeds becomes airborne so one farmer can spread the chemicals to his neighbor that might be an organic grower and this pollutes his crop

  9. Bees pollinate corn, as do other insects and BT toxin is killing them. I have to laugh that farmers believe it is only the wind and chance doing the pollination. If the wind is spreading GMO corn pollen, I wonder what effect that is having on non GMO corn? I shake my head at you people that don’t even pay attention to the large scale ramifications. Farmers are fed a line of BS from suppliers, who are fed a line of BS from producers like Bayer-Monsanto.

    • you need to ask the farmers that are being sued by the chemical companies because they save seed that has been pollinated from miles away.the first few rows of corn produce very little as they don’t get pollinated correctly as there is no corn on all sides of it hence bad pollination because it is wind pollinated,bees only travel 2 to 3 miles from their hive please explain how in the midwest where corn fields are 10 plus miles long how it gets pollinated from bees,they don’t put bee hives in the middle of the fields for corn like they do for other crops

  10. Friends… the dead bees pictured in the article were killed by an airborne pesticide. Someone got careless and sprayed. The spray drifted and hit the entrances of the colonies. The beekeeper knows that. Several inches of dead bees were all around the colonies. Neonics act differently, in that, bees typically die outside the colony in the foraging area. Small trace amounts of sub lethal nics disorient the foragers and they can’t find their way back to their colony. Beekeeper’s visit their bee yard to find colonies with a few bees in them or around the hive. I suspect the beekeeper is looking to make sure the narrative of neonics is magnified. Losing 600 colonies is rather expensive and the beekeeper needs to financially recoup the financial loss. If the beekeeper has 600 colonies in the same location and hasn’t consulted the corn grower on best practices who is the negligent one. A guy doesn’t drop that many colonies without checking with adjacent landowners. Those bee lossss were the result of spray drifting.

  11. Further…it is irresponsible of the author of the article to make inappropriate linkage between neonics and the dead colonies. The bees in question are not CCD colonies. I have had bees poisoned before and, as a result, bees were 2-3 inches deep on bottom board and around the entrance of colony.

  12. Your math is wrong. Too many zeros. Article says 6 hives were lost, and the typical number of bees in a standard hive is 10,000 – 60,000. 60K x 6 = 360,000.

  13. here’s the thing…firstly – bees would have no interest in corn that was planted “a few weeks ago” since there would be no flowers… secondly, corn is wind-pollinated, not of any interest to bees at any rate… so stop already with the GMO sky is falling stuff… https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_crop_plants…

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