Large fields in Ontario, Canada, were planted with GMO corn and millions of dead bees were the result of that action. To be more precise, Dave Schuit, a local bee keeper in Elmwood, lost about 37 million bees, or about 600 hives, which affected his production greatly.
“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit explained.
What is more devastating, while bee keepers blame the neonicotionids or “neonics” for the massive bee deaths and many countries in EU have banned neonicotionid class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture still has not banned the neonicotionoids manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.
Researchers claim that two of Bayer’s best-selling insecticides, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are able to get into pollen and nectar, and damage any beneficial insects, let’s take bees for an example. The marketing of these pesticides coincided with the high death rates in EU countries and the US.
Nathan Carey is another local farmer who says that this spring he noticed that the number of bees on his farm significantly decreased, and he believes that the use of insecticides led to the disappearance of bees.
Scientists have long struggled to find the real cause of the massive deaths, a phenomenon they call “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). The number of honeybees in the US keeps decreasing, a situation that lasts for seven years.