Sunday, April 29, 2012

if you can't beat em...

Beeologics was a big international research firm committed to analyzing the potentially catastrophic decline of honeybee populations worldwide, and finding the causes and possible solutions.

I say "was," because the company has been acquired by agribusiness giant Monstanto. Critics of the genetically-modified corn-and-soy-growing corporation say the chemicals and pesticides Monsanto uses are contributors to colony collapse disorder (CCD) and Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV).

A press release from Monsanto's newest subsidiary says "Monsanto will use the base technology from Beeologics as a part of its continuing discovery and development pipeline. Biological products will continue to play an increasingly important role in supporting the sustainability of many agricultural systems."

That's another way of saying "We'll use more of what has caused the crisis to solve it." So now it seems to me that the only way we'll ever get a handle on this is to revoke Monsanto's corporate charter, along with those of other agricultural monstrosities such as Archer-Daniels-Midland, Cargill, and Tyson. All of them need to be broken up into smaller, more governable entities.

As things are now, they govern us.

We're already hearing "too big to fail" arguments from the agribusiness boyz, what with so much of the world supposedly dependent on their GMO grains. The "too big to fail" banking debacles of the past few years reveal such statements as signs that Monsanto is too big to function in anybody's interest but its own.

Found this item at Susie's place.

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