The scientific community recognizes that bee health is a very complex issue. In fact, a report from the proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences indicated that bees may be dying not from a single toxin or disease, but rather from a variety of factors that include introduced pests and parasites, microbial diseases, inadequate diet and loss of genetic diversity. In its assessment of neonicotinoid insecticides, the Environmental Protection Agency stated that it “is not aware of any data indicating that honey bee declines or the incidence of CCD [colony collapse disorder] in the U.S. is correlated with the use of pesticides in general or with the use of neonicotinoids in particular.” Modern seed treatments reduce the amount of insecticides in the environment and target pesticides only at the insects that are actually feeding on food crops, thus protecting other, often beneficial insects, including bees. Moreover, even though seed treatments make neonicotinoids part of the plant, the amount reaching bees in pollen grains is extremely tiny and not thought to be a factor in CCD or bee mortality.
QWhy is it killing bees?
Question submitted By: klivreriWhy is it killing bees?
Posted on February 23, 2018
Response from: Greg A. Elmore, Ph.D., Crop Protection Pipeline Lead, Monsanto Company • on August 2, 2018
Herbicide cost per acre depends on a wide number of variables including (but not limited to) weed species present, farm location, timing of application, crop seeding rate, competitiveness of crop, herbicides used, length of growing season in that location, etc. Thinking about herbicide cost is only one of many factors to consider regarding input cost as well as revenue expectations. There are fertility costs, seed costs (including traits), fuel costs, cost of insect and disease management,... Read More
How is a transgenic organism or GMO created?How is genetic engineering different from traditional agricultural breeding?With an ever-increasing global population, will transgenic organisms help increase carrying capacity or are there a greater...
Posted on July 4, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on July 30, 2018
Thank you for your questions, we will address each question separately below. How is a transgenic organism or GMO created? When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make... Read More
Posted on June 12, 2018
Response from: Matt Muckerman, Corn States Marketing Manager, Monsanto • on July 27, 2018
Thank you for your question, and for clarity purposes, I want to mention there are multiple products under the Roundup® brand, so I am going to assume you are inquiring about Roundup Agricultural herbicides. With that said, you can get Roundup in bulk format from almost any ag retailer in the U.S. There are several thousand in the U.S. If the ag retailer near you does not carry Roundup brand glyphosate then please request it. Read More