Research Schmee-search!

By Duane Pool

In light of recent Federal Department of Agriculture (F.D.A.) reports regarding Colony Collapse Disorder, the need for independent research has become even more crucial in the fight to save the honey bee.

Corporate research has always had a potential to be considered to be biased and recent actions taken by agri-chemical companies might further indicate that research may not necessarily be considered balanced.

If a “for profit” corporation is providing research to the Federal Department of Agriculture (F.D.A.) for FDA approvals of agri-chemical products based upon research conducted by that same company, then there is always going to be the very real potential for a conflict of interest.

An illustration of this potential includes Monsanto’s recent acquisition of a leading research facility “Beeologics.”

More information about this acquisition can be found in the article “Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm after Being Implicated in Bee Colony Collapse” written by Jonathon Benson at
Thanks to Jonathon Benson at for this informative article.

More information can also be obtained from the Monsanto and Beeologics website:

It is also important to note that Bayer CropScience has recently followed Monsanto’s lead in obtaining their own research facility and has announced on May 29th, 2013 that they have: “….broke ground on its North American Bee Care Center, a recognition of the importance of these pollinators to agriculture.”

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Logic dictates that subsequent agri-chemical research originating from privately owned corporate research facilities will require very close scrutiny, and heavily carries the potential for a conflict of interest.

As a result, there has been a recent large outcry of “foul play” from the general public. This public outcry is not only related to the use of pesticides, the subsequent negative impact of neonicotoid pesticides to honey bees, and the call for independent research but it is also related to the genetic altering of seeds, patenting of genes, and F.D.A. labeling of G.M.O. (Genetically Modified Organism) foods.

This public outcry would also include the federal government’s “non-action” in the face of the public’s “call to action.”

These issues all appear to go “hand in hand” and are inter-related. The public’s collective response has included various protest marches, organized political pressure and internet activism (or hacktivism, if you like!)

For information on these closely related issues, and the public’s response to these issues, here is another recent article and several You Tube videos surrounding the agrichemical pesticide and GMO controversy:

  1. “The Monsanto 71″ – Sellout Senators Shame Themselves by Siding with Monsanto on GMO Labeling Bill” (Thanks to Mike Adams at
  2. “Monsanto is All-in-One Horseman of GMO Apocalypse.”
    (Thanks to You Tube and to RTNews)
  3. “#Anon #Newz Why ANONYMOUS is Hacking Monsanto.”
    (Thanks to You Tube and to Anonymous)
  4. “March Against Monsanto Coverage on CNN May 28, 2013.”
    (Thanks to You Tube and CNN)
  5. “CNN Coverage of March Against Monsanto on the National Lead 05/28/13”(Thanks to You Tube and CNN)

How do you feel about the actions of Monsanto and Bayer Cropscience obtaining their own research facilities?

Will corporate research potentially hurt or help the plight of the honey bee?

Should agrichemical research be conducted in independent laboratories by independent research facilities funded by federal grants?

Thank you for sharing your opinion with us!

Tags: Bees, Monsanto, Bayer Cropscience, Colony Collapse Disorder, Agrichemical Research

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1 Comment

  • Cheryl Posted October 29, 2013 7:49 pm

    Interesting article. My fear is that Monsanto and their ilk will come up with a GM bee in an attempt to engineer a bee that can withstand all the assaults of their other products. Then we’ll really be in trouble! BTW, I love your website and the work you’re doing!

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