Not stopping at attempting global food domination through the patents of global seed, Monsanto had the audacity to release genetically engineered fish into the food chain. Now not content at “seemingly playing god”, they appear to have gone directly for the life-makers, the pollinators themselves; set to release genetically altered bees.
I must stress there has been a lot of speculation and hearsay surrounding these reports- as you would expect with anything under Monsanto’s watch- but concerned at even the prospect, I have endeavored to get to the sources of all the claims and have attempted to give you the most researched version of available events and reports on the matter.
Last year Monsanto purchased Beeologics, the worlds largest bee research company with their headquarters in Florida as well as other major facilities in Israel. Terms of the deal were never disclosed to the public, but after several rejected offers, Monsanto was not taking no for an answer. The news sent shivers down the spines of many organic farmers, bee keepers and anti GMO activists alike.
Indeed just when colony collapse disorder was at the height of it’s media coverage and with many reports linking the faultering bee numbers and colony health to the growth in use of pesticides and crops genetically engineered by Monsanto, the company seemingly took it’s control of the world food system in a new direction and many feared the worst…
The news first surfaced in April of last year after Beeologics
had been running initial trials on a product named Remembee, a product Beeologic scientists claimed was “an anti-viral treatment for use in honeybees affected with Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), a bee-specific virus, which originated from Australia and found and named in Israel in 2002“- now believed to potentially combat colony collapse disorder.
How does it do this? By introducing an RNAi, a mechanism that blocks gene expression– effectively redesigning the species at a cellular level. It’s the kind of thing you read in science fiction books or see in movies, always convincing yourself that ‘at least that will never really happen”. Well it’s time to wake up and smell the honey.
The product was taken on by Monsanto and having released various trials for approval for those in Washington, as with almost all of Monsanto patents, this latest development is expected to be fast-tracked through the FDA, due to their deep influence within the department.
I was able to make contact with a US based blogger/freelance researcher who first broke the news and is now watching the issue unfold himself. He stressed it is simply impossible to know more on the bee patent until either Monsanto, the research facility or the FDA themselves, release further information.
The storm clouds continue to gather..