Are GM Crops Killing Honeybees?

One of nature's unsung heroes -- the honeybee -- may be in grave decline around the United States, a huge problem for those of us who live in North America, and not solely because it means a shortage of honey either.

Almost 100 crops on the continent need honeybees to transport pollen between flowers, prompting fertilization and jump-starting the production of seed and fruit. In fact, some economists have estimated this single species is worth $14 BILLION to America's economy. Moreover, pollination may account for as much as a third of the average American diet, largely the healthiest

One entomologist believes there may not be enough bees to transport a sufficient amount of pollen, a result of colony collapse disorder, the short explanation that encompasses a myriad of reasons why honeybees disappear, from a new infection to a compromised immune system.

A German study may have identified a simple answer to the problem: The ongoing blight of genetically modified (GM) crops. When bees were released in a GM rapeseed crop, then fed the pollen to younger bees, scientists discovered the bacteria in the guts of the young ones mirrored the same genetic traits as ones found in the GM crop.

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