Grass-Killing Chemical Harms Honeybees

writer Ekolojist

Monsanto has a 90 percent share of the genetically modified (GMO) seed market; one of the leading companies in the pesticides and seed market. If there is a dangerous and deadly factor that harms the life of living things and the ecological balance, it is thought that a large share of it is caused by GM seeds and pesticides, one of them is Monsanto.

GMO Miracle or Danger?

It was first produced by Monsanto in 1996 with the help of biotechnology. genetically modified product introduced soybean and cotton, followed by corn and canola, to the world.

Due to genetically modified products, the use of agricultural chemicals, herbicides and pesticides has not decreased, contrary to what is said, but rather increased.

The contents of the soil, surface and ground waters, air, people, animal species and insects are slowly poisoned by the effects of agricultural chemicals. Many independent institutions and universities have determined that the damage caused by GMO products carries a deadly risk on living things.

In 1944, Monsanto advertised the DDT it produced, which we all know is banned today, with the slogan "Very safe for humans and animals". The drug, which was produced to prevent malaria, was used as an insecticide in the agricultural sector all over the world until it was banned in 1972 due to the damage it caused to the environment.

Effects of Insecticides on Bees

pesticides and Harmful effects of herbicides on honey bees As a result of the researches carried out on honey bees, it was revealed that many herbicide chemicals used harm the bacteria living in the digestive system of bees and their immune systems, and honey bees are powerless against lethal infections due to these effects.

The herbicide called Glyphosate, produced by Monsanto, targets only bacteria and enzymes found in plants, but new research states that the microbiome, which strengthens the immune system of honey bees, is also affected.

Studies conducted by the University of Texas show that when young worker bees are exposed to glyphosate, they die more often due to diseases caused by common bacteria.

In another study published in China, larvae under the influence of glyphosate complete their development in a longer period than normal and their mortality rate increases more.

Harmful effect of glyphosate It is argued that by causing the extinction of wild flowers, which have an important place in the lives of honey bees, the bees are greatly harmed.

Although Monsanto did not admit the damage caused by its products, the court ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a person who claimed last August that he had terminal cancer from the glyphosate effect.

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