Bees have a very important role in our world, in our future, in our lives. So, with massive bee die-offs, otherwise known as “colony collapse disorder”, it has been the plight of many scientists, beekeepers, and educated activists to do whatever it takes to ensure bees survive.
The debate persists what is causing these tiny, bumbling insects to vanish. Some say it is because of Monsanto’s GMO crops, the insecticides used to treat them, and EMF frequencies from excessive technological use. The German Beekeepers Association, representing almost 100,000 beekeepers, decided to take thing in their own hands, and call for a nationwide ban on GMO cultivation.
The pro-GMO advocates are very angry about what they call “unfounded” law, and stating that it lacks scientific justification.
On the other hand, beekeepers are hoping that the Agriculture Minister, Christian Schmidt will soon administer a nationwide ban. But so far, the minister has argued in favor of allowing each state individually to decide if they will GMOs.
Because of the fact that bees can fly up to 8 km to pollinate and search for food, advocates are not happy about this. They claim that even if one state banned GMO, the cross-contamination from crops of a nearby state could occur, further harming bee populations. Also, if bees were exposed to biotech chemicals like glyphosate, that will only harm them more.
So, we agree with the DIB’s statement: “Bees know no borders”.
In order to protect the bees, every country and the people in it should take measure and ask for a ban on GMOs in their own country. No doubt a ban so large will be tough to uphold, but at this point measures must be taken.