Why Are They Killing Bees?

The highly neurotoxic family of chemicals known as neonicotinoids (contained in brand names such as Actara® and Crusier®) are used in leading pesticide products and sprayed on crops. The neurotoxins are picked up by bees as they collect food and pollinate flowers. The neurotoxins, spread from plant to bee to bee, confuse the insects, disrupting activities necessary for survival. This leads to the collapse of hives resulting in mass bee die-off.

The Plight of the Honeybee

Without sufficient bee numbers, natural pollination is sharply reduced and crop yields decline. As crop yields decline, human populations become progressively dependent on other sources of seeds for food production. These other sources of seeds have not been left to chance. The companies that produce the neurotoxic pesticides—Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta—control almost all of the global market for genetically-modified seeds. In other words, the same companies that control the global market for pesticides containing neonicotinoids also own the patients for genetically-modified plants. Sounds like a plan: eliminate bee populations and force human populations to turn to genetically-modified crops—many of which contain neurotoxins dangerous to humans.

In the end, if everything goes according to plan, four corporations and their subsidiaries will eventually control nearly all of global agribusiness. The question for the world community is whether and when we are going to investigate these corporate entities for a possible conspiracy to monopolize the global food supply and enslave the world’s population.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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