Research Firm Blames Monsanto for Bee Deaths So…Monsanto Buys It

Monsanto, the genetically modified food giant, has recently purchased Beeologics, a leading bee research firm. Borrowing a move from the tobacco companies’ playbook, Monsanto appears to have decided that if you do not like the scientific reports coming out about you, then you should just buy the labs.

Beginning in 2007, Beeologics has researched two critical bee issues: colony collapse disorder and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus. In late September of last year, Monsanto acquired Beeologics for an undisclosed amount. In making this purchase, Monsanto now has control of research that has previously pointed at its pesticides for contributing to – if not outright causing – a sharp decline in bee populations. Multiple studies in recent years have linked pesticides and high fructose corn syrup with colony collapse disorder.

Portential outcome manipulations

With Monsanto’s vested interest in bee research’s conclusions, there is reason to believe that the true causes of and solutions for these bee epidemics may be manipulated if not lost entirely. Indeed, it seems likely that now some new study released by Beeologics will find that GMOs are not the problem after all.

Prior to the acquisition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture looked to Beeologics as its top resource for bee research. In effect, Monsanto has now positioned itself even better with the USDA. For that reasons, health experts and entomologists alike are upset that Beeologics would be willing to self itself to Monsanto in the first place. Alas, sometimes it is more about the money than the honey.

Will own new research tools

Another motivation for Monsanto to take over the research company is to acquire the Remebee technology that Beeologics had been developing. In a statement, Monsanto said, “[We] will use the base technology from Beeologics as a part of its continuing discovery and development pipeline. Biological products will continue to play an increasingly important role in supporting the sustainability of many agricultural systems.” Evidently, the way to solve problems caused by chemicals is by using more chemicals.

Still, Monsanto insists it will use Beeologic’s research to improve the world. “We’re absolutely committed to Beeologics’ existing work,” said Monsanto spokesperson Kelly Powers. From an optimistic perspective, one could take Monsanto at its word and hope that a corporation that is causing the bee problem would then use information it has purchased to help fix the situation.

Given Monsanto’s track record, however, many are definitely adopting a more pessimistic perspective, assuming that Monsanto will find a way to profit off whatever it deems the solution to the bee crisis with some exclusive product or perhaps just cover it up entirely. After the Natural Society named Monsanto the “Worst Company of 2011” for a myriad of reasons, here’s hoping that other bee research organizations keep buzzing toward a true identification of the threats posed to bees.


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Claudia Acosta
Claudia Acosta2 years ago

This company is buying everything in South America but if they are not stopped in its own land...what is going to happend to our world?

Melanie Wolfahrt
Melanie Wolfahrt2 years ago

Mons(ter)santo the factory of horror for the humans

Judy E.
Judy Epstein2 years ago

Yes, I agree: Monsanto is intending to control the world's food availability. Monsanto is no saint of mine!

Quinton Smith
Quinton Smith2 years ago

The best way to stop finger pointing is to buy up all the fingers that are pointing at you an that is what "BIG" company's like Monsanto an dow are doing company's like Monsanto an ALL big company's want to control what you eat ware read see an learn to them we humans are just cattle move along doggy's move along doggy's MOO MOO. =^..^=

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Barbara Ostrand
Barbara Ostrand2 years ago

F**k Monsanto!

Mara Comitas
Mara Comitas2 years ago

How do the folks, employed by Monsanto, sleep at night?

Stephanie A.
Stevie A.2 years ago

Monsanto will no longer be able to operate in the shadows. We activists shall bring their "doings" to light - over and over as long as it takes. Monsanto IS coming DOWN.

Elaine M.
Elaine McFadden3 years ago

You hear the full story on Smart Health Talk. Just this week we had top scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman from the Union of Concerned Scientists explaining why Monsanto has failed. Tune in live from 4-5 pm on Thursdays on or use Tune In radio app and type in KCAA 1050 AM. Podcasts 24/7 after the show.

Stanley Rampersad
stan Balgobin3 years ago

Corrupt Monsanto CEO's poison our foods with contaminated crops. Our children are fed a diet of pesticides, antibiotics, in GM crops. Our families become ill from nutrient pollutant vegetables, grow cancerous cells, our babies have attention deficit syndrome a hyperactivity disorders. When will will the criminal Corporate vultures be brought to book?