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  •  Mostly providing the bees are there to do it (5+ / 0-)

    I'm just Double Tapped the hell out.

    by pajoly on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 02:13:26 PM PDT

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    •  The contaimination by GM crops (16+ / 0-)

      is almost 100% by wind born pollen- corn being the most obvious.

      Maine farmers are warriors - FEDCO, a Maine seed and tree co-op, sells no GM seed and does extensive field trials on their own to double check.
      I love all of those Fedco folks and buy all of my open-pollinated, heirloom varieties from them.

      'A scarlet tanager broke the silence with his song. She thought of the bird hidden in the leaves somewhere, unseen but nevertheless brilliant red. Nevertheless beautiful.' Barbara Kingsolver/ Prodigal Summer

      by flowerfarmer on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 03:30:14 PM PDT

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      •  Greenpeace Demanded Contamination (1+ / 0-)
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        We could be using all sorts of sterile seed and pollen technology, but activists pitched a fit because.......why? Because someone downwind might be saving their seeds and have  a 1% lower rate of viability?

        And of course having these viable GMO seeds encourages piracy worldwide.

        Predictably someone will say "Good! They should steal from Monsanto."

        Then I say "OK you're happy to eat unregulated GMO plants as long as someone lies to you?"

        There, I saved everyone some typing.

        Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

        by bernardpliers on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 04:49:24 PM PDT

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    •  Grains aren't bee pollenated. (4+ / 0-)

      That's mostly vegetables, fruits and nuts. Again fortunately, our bee populations are doing fine. But I'm planning to install hives anyway (if I can manage the bear fencing) so I don't have to rely on forest bees and wasps. Plus, HONEY!!!

      •  No they aren't but bees do collect that pollen and (1+ / 0-)
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        feed it to their brood. Pollen = protein, nectar = carbs.

        So while some plants like corn don't need bees to pollinate, that doesn't stop bees from being attracted to said plants as a source of protein.

         Commercial Beekeepers used to put their bee hives on corn fields to build up brood for near future visits to large fruit orchards. But with NeoNic treated corn, a lot of Beeks avoid that like the plague.

        In fact, the first suit against Bayer in the US for NeoNics was due to poisoning of commercial bees on corn fields,
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

        And what is corn but the most widespread GMO out of all our food cash crops. Interesting how that goes hand in hand. Throw in some fungicides and it makes the neonics that much more potent a poison to bees.

        Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

        by GreenMother on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 04:34:05 PM PDT

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