USDA: Don't Put Corporate Interests Over Bee Lives

  • by: C. Wolverton
  • target: United States Department of Agriculture

Researchers at Beelogics, a leading bee research firm, identified pesticides as a leading contributor to declining bee populations. In late September of 2011, Monsanto, a major producer of genetically modified foods, bought the Beelogics firm for an undisclosed sum. It now seems likely that Monsanto's funding will manipulate research to point the blame away from chemicals used in GMO food production.

The bee decline affects all U.S. citizens. Bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of U.S. crops and are essential to sustaining our ecological lifespan. It is vital that researchers can identify the true cause of the decline so that responsible citizens can learn how to help the bee population.

If the USDA uses Monsanto-funded research from Beelogics, it will essentially be sacrificing scientific integrity for corporate interests. Please support the truth of scientific research and tell the USDA not to use research funded by Monsanto.

Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture,



We, the undersigned, are concerned with Monsanto's purchase of the Beelogics firm and its probable effects on bee research. In 2007, Beelogics researchers identified pesticides as a leading contributor to declining bee populations. In late September of 2011, Monsanto, a major producer of genetically modified foods, bought the Beelogics firm for an undisclosed sum. It now seems likely that Monsanto's funding will manipulate research to point the blame away from chemicals used in GMO food production.



The bee decline affects all U.S. citizens because bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of U.S. crops. Bees are much faster pollinators than other insects or mechanical processes, and are instrumental in propagating apples, almonds and blueberries. It is important for researchers to identify the true cause of the decline so that responsible citizens can learn how to help the bee population. If the USDA uses Monsanto-funded research from Beelogics, it will encourage other companies to fund and manipulate research.



Please support the integrity of scientific research and reject any research funded by Monsanto. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our petition.

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