Monsanto teams with honeybee industry to boost forage

06/14/2013 10:45:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

honeybeeVicky BoydMore than 100 beekeepers, bee researchers and other bee industry representatives recently convened for a three-day honeybee health summit at Monsanto Co.'s Chesterfield Village, Mo., research center.

The event, hosted by Project Apis m. and Monsanto's Honey Bee Advisory Committee, included presentations from some of the nation's top researchers, according to a news release.

In addition to working with the honeybee community, the company has backed best management practices to improve bee health.

Among those is the Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, released by the American Seed Trade Associaton and Crop Life America

The guide promotes the safe handling and management of treated seeds.

Officials also presented the first of a three-year project between PAm and Monsanto to promote bee forage to California growers and landowners.

More than 450 acres—130 percent of goal—have been planted in flowering plants that provide pollen to bees.

Based on input from the honey bee advisory council, Monsanto has focused on finding ways to control Varroa mite, a pin-head-sized parasite that weakens honeybees.

It also is being blamed as one of many stressors that may be responsible for colony collapse disorder.



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Harmel Guram    
Burnaby  |  June, 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Monsanto needs to stay out of the bee business. It's Monsanto products that kill off everything related to agriculture unless it's a patented Monsanto agricultural commodity.

carl    
up yours  |  June, 21, 2013 at 04:06 PM

in the same way Hitler wanted to team up with Jews?

alayna    
South Dakota  |  June, 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM

Monsanto is trying to kill us off , we need to leave the Bee's alone ,our earth needs them to survive as for us also , This is an Outrage ! This must be stopped at all cost .. save our bee's !!

Roger    
June, 21, 2013 at 04:17 PM

Seems as if I was a while back I belive 60 mins. Had a expose on Monsanto connecting them to the issue sure glad they acted on it rite away..NOT

@inghambrock    
Canada  |  June, 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Clearly a public relations attempt to quite society from asking them why they continue to distroy the entire agriculture buisness while coinsidingly profiting from it. Help the bee population plant lavender plants in your garden they are highly attracts to that and will be more prone to being around your garden rather than Monsantos poison crops

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