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Monsanto Draws Outrage Over "Bee-Friendly" Facebook Post

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page, Millions Against Monsanto page, Environment and Climate Resource Center page and our Honey Bee Health page.

Last month's National Honeybee Day (August 16) marked the sixth annual event - a day started by beekeepers to build community awareness of the bee industry. This year's theme, "Sustainable Gardening Begins with Honey Bees," showed that concerned citizens are increasingly getting involved in efforts to save the bees.

While beekeeping is most often thought of in regard to large farms and agriculture, bees are important to each and every one of us. The bees pollinate one-third of the food we eat - without which their help we would suffer catastrophic consequences!

Meanwhile, 98 percent of those who keep bees are "backyard beekeepers," raising bees in their backyards, not on traditional farms. In addition to food, bees are required for pollination in your backyard garden, and many municipalities have removed anti-beekeeping laws, allowing just about anyone with an interest to try their hand at beekeeping.1

March Against Monsanto Group Joins the Effort to Save the Bees

The first March Against Monsanto, which took place in May 2013 involved some 2 million people in 450 cities and 50 countries, who took to the streets with the same message-that genetic engineering and Monsanto are out of control, and, at the very least, we need labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and safety testing.

Monsanto, which is the world leader in GM crops (and the pesticides and herbicides that go along with them), is clearly no friend to the bees. And so the Tampa-born activist group organized Bee Against Monsanto, an event in celebration of National Honeybee Day.

The effort was a success, with 86 events planned across the globe, helping to get word out that corporations like Monsanto could very well be at the foundation of the widespread bee die-offs. This isn't the case if you ask Monsanto, of course, which responded to the media coverage of Bee Against Monsanto thusly:2

"As a company focused solely on agriculture, we recognize the importance of bees to our business, our growers and the environment  In 2013, Monsanto announced its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action on Honey Bee Health  Using a diverse group of stakeholders, the Coalition will work to:

1. improve honey bee nutrition;        

2. provide research investment in novel technology for varroa and virus control;         

3. understand science-based approaches to studying pesticide impacts on honey bees and increasing awareness of pesticide best management practices among growers and beekeepers; and         

4. enable economic empowerment of beekeepers."

Monsanto also took to Facebook on August 7, just before National Honeybee Day, to reaffirm their "commitment" to "saving" the bees. They posted:3

"Think about the last plate of food you ate. Chances are, it was made possible by a honeybee. Learn how we're working to protect these important insects."             

The Facebook community was not amused  nor were they fooled by Monsanto's seemingly altruistic message. Their page was flooded with angry comments, hundreds of them, stating sentiments of outrage like "Protect them?? You're the ones who are killing them off!" and "Totally DISGUSTED!"