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Bee extinction: An honest mistake or planned destruction?

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In light of a newly released video put out by the Greenpeace organization, the topic of what will be done if bees become completely extinct begs an answer to this question. Is colony collapse disorder caused by an honest mistake or is it rather the planned destruction of bee populations?

In the video, it portrays a futuristic and quite despicable mock commercial for a project called, "NewBees" in which robotic new bees would be marketed to farmers as a new, perhaps inevitable method to pollinate their crops because of the collapse of bee populations. It disturbingly portrays the new robotic insects as being better than real bees: Supposedly more efficient, more people friendly, etc.

A simple Google search of "robo bees" will show you that this supposedly outlandish and futuristic mock commercial in question is really not as far-fetched as one might think. In fact, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is taking a lead role in a RoboBees project. On their website, it lists the practical applications of this project as follows:

Coordinated agile robotic insects can be used for a variety of purposes including:

  • autonomously pollinating a field of crops;
  • search and rescue (e.g., in the aftermath of a natural disaster);
  • hazardous environment exploration;
  • military surveillance;
  • high resolution weather and climate mapping; and
  • traffic monitoring.

Millions of dollars in grant money has been handed out to universities and other large organizations in recent years to develop insect-inspired robotics. In addition to Harvard University, BAE Systems signed a contract with the US Army Research Laboratory back in 2008 for $38 million to develop insect-sized robots (drones) for government spying purposes and other military applications.

Knowing what we do about the takeover of our food production by large corporations such as Monsanto and others with patented GMO seeds and crops, significant evidence in studies around the world have attributed CCD Colony Collapse Disorder to the onslaught of harmful pesticides and the pesticide-laden new organisms which we now call "food". It is getting harder by the year to believe that these large corporate conglomerates with massive research and development staffs could not have known at some point that the death of honey bees could be a real possibility down the road as their products became more widely in use.

More importantly, with so much information available that GMOs and other forms of pesticides are playing a key role in the demise of bee populations and harmful health effects to human beings, yet we see virtually no effort by the federal government of the United States to stop or even lessen their now known impact. Not only is virtually nothing being done to stop this problem in the US, the EPA recently gave its stamp of approval to yet another pesticide called "cyantraniliprole" in February which had beekeepers and environmental groups up in arms regarding its toxicity to bees and mammals, including dogs. According to the Federal Register, the action to allow tolerances for this pesticide was requested by DuPont. This latest regulation by the EPA came less than a year after beekeepers filed a lawsuit against the EPA's decision to register another potentially harmful pesticide known as "sulfoxaflor".

We are currently faced with a situation in the US where farmers across our country are increasingly being persuaded to plant only GMO crops which in turn makes them dependent upon large pesticide-producing corporations that quite literally think they "own" exclusive rights to food. These companies in turn lobby or "buy" members of: Congress, the Supreme Court, many career politicians in all levels of government and heads of the very regulatory agencies whose explicit purpose was supposed to protect us from these types of potentially harmful products.

As it becomes more and more evident throughout the world that these pesticides and GMOs can be harmful to living things, many countries have now banned the use and importation of such "foods", yet here in our nation, it is big business as usual.

So what about the demise of our bee population? Well, the takeover of our nation's food supply has made some people billions of dollars. It is boldly evident that there is no concerted effort within our government to reign in their ill effects because it is against their own personal interests to do so. Years ago, it would have been seen as far-fetched and grossly futuristic to think that large pesticide corporations could patent our "food". Now we are left with the prospect that these same products likely are killing off our bees. So are robotic bees the next planned step to replace real bees and thereby create a new dependency on yet another multi-billion dollar industry? It may not be as far-fetched as we currently think it is.

Since the EPA and FDA are proving themselves to be completely compromised by big money and not serving the very function they were supposed to be doing for us, they should be added to the long list of agencies that need to be abolished. The American people and a truly free marketplace could do a much better job and save a huge amount of money if these agencies would just get out of the way!

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