QWhat do you have to say about the millions of bees that have been dying that has been directly linked to the use of your pesticides that are sprayed in generous amounts on your gmos

What do you have to say about the millions of bees that have been dying that has been directly linked to the use of your pesticides that are sprayed in generous amounts on your gmos

AExpert Answer

The concerns with pesticides and bees have largely focused on a special class of insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, that are used on GMO and non-GMO crops. “Neonics,” as they are often referred to, were developed to be less harmful to “non-target” pests and are most often applied as a seed coating, rather than a spray. This means much less pesticide is needed and less pesticide is distributed into the environment. In many cases, neonics have replaced older classes of pesticides, such as organophosphates and pyrethroids, which are also toxic to bees.

 

Perhaps the best illustration of neonics and GMOs in action is in the canola fields that cover millions of acres of prime farmland in Western Canada. Most of this canola is GMO and heavily reliant on neonics to control particular insects. Yet bees are thriving in neonic-treated canola fields. Beekeepers actually bring their bees into the fields because foraging on canola helps bees make such fine honey.

 

Bee health is an issue, but USDA has been clear that by far the biggest threat to bee health is the epidemic infestation of the Varroa destructor mite. Other issues, such as the lack of diverse habitats and the many diseases bees are subject to, are also big problems. As for pesticides, the focus is increasingly on other types, including the miticides beekeepers themselves use inside the hive to try to kill the Varroa mites.

 

The real-world evidence, along with several large-scale field studies, all demonstrate that neonics used in seed treatments do not pose a widespread threat to bee health.

Posted on November 17, 2017
A similar question has been answered here  If you have any additional questions, please ask! Read More
Answer:
Posted on November 10, 2017
GMOs can affect the environment in many ways, and this response discusses the many ways in which GMOs can benefit the environment and the impact GM crops have on the environment. The data in this response from Brookes and Barfoot is from 2013, updated information can be found in their most recent report here.   Additionally, these infographics are helpful in explaining how GMOs can help preserve the habitat and H2O, protect the environment and improve soil health.   Kevin Folta,... Read More
Answer:
Posted on November 17, 2017
The topic of labeling can be discussed in many different ways. We hope the below information on labeling GM food addresses your question.   The issue of GMO labeling, the consumer choice and logistical impacts of labeling genetically engineered food is discussed in this response.   Scott Kohne, NAFTA market acceptance manager for the Seeds Unit at Bayer, explains the difference between labeling in different countries vs. labeling GMO products in the U.S. Read his full response... Read More
Answer:

Explore More Topics