Reality-Check
May 14, 2014
Myth #2: Monsanto is killing the bees

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False. In some places bee populations are declining, but not because of genetically modified plants, as some so-called activists have alleged. There have been many studies showing the safety of GM seeds for honey bees.

Moreover, honey bee populations have suffered in Europe and other regions

Unbeknownst to most of the conspiracy theorists (Robo-bees? Really?), Monsanto depends on bees to pollinate many of its crops—we employ more than 5,000 hives to pollinate our oilseed rape crops in France alone—and Monsanto supports honey bee health with real research into the search for tools to help fight problematic bee pathogens. Check out our video about our bee health activities and see for yourself.  where GM crops are virtually non-existent.

[If you’ve heard any other stories about Monsanto that you suspect aren’t true, check out our other blog entries in this series or download our pocket-sized Myths & Facts leaflet, which is available in several languages.]

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    John Keenlyside
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    June 28, 2014
    The European Commission recently called for a temporary moratorium on the use of neonicotinoids after a report by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that they posed a high acute risk to pollinators. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-21958547 Researchers have again linked the unexplained decline in honey-bee populations worldwide, a phenomenon known as colony-collapse disorder (CCD), to a certain class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. http://www.ibtimes.com/colony-collapse-disorder-highly-likely-caused-insecticides-harsh-winters-increase-honey-1582734 I could quote you many more... and you expect us to trust and believe you?
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    Brandon Mitchener
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    June 30, 2014
    The European Commission is a political body. It's decisions on GM crop cultivation is not based on science. Why would you expect its position on bee health to be based on science? If there is one thing that researchers worldwide agree on, it is that the Varroa mite is a much bigger problem than agrochemicals. But maybe that doesn't make for good guerilla theater because there is nothing to ban... :-| Please have a look at some of the other voices which aren't very often quoted by the media, and certainly not by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and others who dress up in photogenic bee costumes to make a point: http://monsantoblog.com/2014/06/19/10-questions-about-honey-bees-2/ http://www.ecpa.eu/video/environmental-protection/pesticides-and-pollinators
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    JeroenW
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    August 20, 2015
    There's a truth here. Bee decline isn't directly linked to GM plants. But.. isn't roundup a Monsanto product?
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    Brandon Mitchener
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    August 20, 2015
    Yes, but Roundup has little to do with bee health. Stories about pesticides and bees usually revolve around a different class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which aren't Monsanto products.
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