Monsanto pledges $4 million toward honeybee health efforts

10/11/2013 11:34:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

honeybee colonies in almondsVicky BoydSt. Louis-based Monsanto plans to commit $4 million during the next three years to help address the collapse of the U.S. honeybee population.

The company has support from the Keystone Center, American Honey Producers Associatoin, American Beekeeping Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Project Apis m. and several commodity groups.

Joining them will be a coalition comprising other individuals involved in honeybee health as well as industry groups, governmental agencies, environmental groups and agricultural companies.

Monsanto made the pledge during the recent Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York.

The efforts will involve on-the-ground practices to restore and protect honeybee populations.

The commitment will tackle four main issues: bee parasites and pathogens, improving bee nutrition, the effects of pesticides and agricultural practices, and the economic empowerment of beekeepers, according to a news release.

Honeybee health has grabbed headlines recently as beekeepers have seen a dramatic plunge in overwintering colonies since 2006.

Many blame colony collapse disorder, which causes bees to disappear from an otherwise health colony.

Many researchers say they believe that several factors combined, and not one specifically, is to blame for bee disappearance.

Honebees are critical for pollinating numerous agricultural crops. Without them, for example, the California almond industry wouldn't be enjoying the nearly 2 billion pound annual production it is.



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Spence    
england  |  October, 12, 2013 at 04:26 PM

Herbicide tolerant crops Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready (herbicide tolerant) crops are the most widely used GM crops in the world. www.corporatewatch.org.uk/?lid=690 - Cached Well so they should put money into bees, there products have not helped the wildlife

Bill    
October, 13, 2013 at 07:57 AM

This is exactly what bees don't need...MORE chemicals!!!! The treatments are what is killing the bees and MONSANTO is converting the world into a chemical soup that nothing but the most virulent strains of life can survive in. This spring will be catastrophic on the bees!!!

Dana    
Ohio  |  October, 13, 2013 at 08:47 AM

And we are suppose to believe them? It is their chemicals that they claim do not kill bees that are contributing to our losses.

John Wynne-Jones    
St Asaph, North Wales  |  October, 13, 2013 at 04:23 PM

Is this just a sweetener ? The figures mean nothing to this company . They are prepared to destroy bees and other wildlife . I wonder how they would respond if this money was used to pay towards legal challenge against them ?

Walker Rollins    
Los Angeles  |  October, 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM

Why must science interfere with what nature managed for millions of years? This is an issue of corporate profit and has nothing to do with the well being of bees Stop almonds Stop migrating Stop feeding Stop queen rearing Stop pedticides Stop big bee keeping Understand the precious gift of honey And encourage small a apiarys Give the bees back some forage And slow down

Walker Rollins    
Los Angeles  |  October, 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM

Why must science interfere with what nature managed for millions of years? This is an issue of corporate profit and has nothing to do with the well being of bees Stop almonds Stop migrating Stop feeding Stop queen rearing Stop pedticides Stop big bee keeping Understand the precious gift of honey And encourage small a apiarys Give the bees back some forage And slow down

Peter    
England  |  October, 16, 2013 at 03:53 AM

Hands up all those bee-keepers who trust Monsanto. Yep, thought so!

George    
Farnham, UK  |  October, 16, 2013 at 05:17 AM

Bee parasites and pathogens, improving bee nutrition etc., are all things which th beekeepers can manage for themselves. Monsanto's job is to examine the effects of pesticides and agricultural practices. The donation is an attempt to obscure the issue.

foro    
usa  |  October, 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

what Monsanto going to patent bees now??

jim carroll    
ireland  |  October, 18, 2013 at 08:26 AM

i would not thrust them

Hillary    
Washington  |  October, 18, 2013 at 04:10 PM

They spent more than that in WA in their effort to defeat a GMO labeling referendum. This shows their true priorities.

Steve    
California  |  October, 24, 2013 at 07:21 PM

How about studying the effects of GE crops (particularly "stacked" gene varieties) on bee health and bee populations? Monsanto is probably not to keen on looking into those things.

Chris    
Sacramento  |  October, 24, 2013 at 08:53 PM

Why do you want to "Stop Almonds" to save the bees? There would be no almonds -- one of the world's most nutritious foods -- without bees. Agree that we need to stop pesticides -- but eliminating almonds? Please explain.

Compo    
Hebrides  |  November, 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It is a fairly obvious smoke screen. Howwever while we can well do without yet more chemicals sloshed around, it might.....just might come up with some useful information. The trouble is that no one can trust them as they still say that their chemicals do not harm Bees acording to "independant reseach which THEY PAY FOR !"

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