Insecticide use may be down, but herbicide use IS up
Genetically engineered crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use, by 404 million pounds from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011, according to the report by Charles Benbrook, a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.
Of that total, herbicide use increased over the 16-year period by 527 million pounds while insecticide use decreased by 123 million pounds.
Benbrook's paper -- published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe over the weekend and announced on Monday -- undermines the value of both herbicide-tolerant crops and insect-protected crops, which were aimed at making it easier for farmers to kill weeds in their fields and protect crops from harmful pests, said Benbrook.
Insecticide use did drop substantially - 28 percent from 1996 to 2011 - but is now on the rise, he said.
If you look up the keywords neonicotinoid and honeybee, you'll find many, many references to it and dead bees.
You're probably not going to find a direct reference to eating GMO corn and dead bees, because it's not that obvious. But when you find colonies of bees decimated, and the honey in there untouched (which is apparently very, very rare, as the honey is usually cleaned out if there's a colony collapse), and you find remaining bees with multiple viruses at once, suggesting a serious immune issue, then you start to make the connections
The study concluded that there was no evidence of a "toxic effect of Bt corn on healthy honeybee populations." But when, by sheer chance, the bees used in the experiments were infested with a parasite, something eerie happened. According to the Jena study, a "significantly stronger decline in the number of bees" occurred among the insects that had been fed a highly concentrated Bt poison feed.
Kaatz would have preferred to continue studying the phenomenon but lacked the necessary funding. "Those who have the money are not interested in this sort of research," says the professor, "and those who are interested don't have the money."
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I sure hope those with the money find the incentive soon, or we're seriously going to be in trouble.