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Knowledge Exchange

"The future depends on what we do with the present." Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

While the discovery of rDNA may hold one of the greatest promises in the history of biology, studies continue to expose the potential dangers associated to consuming foods which contain them.

The agrochemical industry is valued at over $42 billion and operates with impunity while over 355,000 people die from pesticide poisoning every year, and hundreds of thousands more are made ill. In addition, pesticide corporations have put livelihoods and jobs in jeopardy, including, farmers, beekeepers and lobstermen.

These postings explore the research, surveys and analyses that link industrial agriculture to adverse effects not only to our well being but that of the our planet. To read the study referenced above please go to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21338670

Essay: The Gene Gamble

http://hymenopteragenome.org/beebase/

2 Honey bee circadian clocks Journal of Insect Physiology, Vol., 47, Issue 8, July 2001, PP 843-857

3 http://www.genome.gov/10001772

4 ENCODE The Human Encyclopaedia
http://www.nature.com/news/encode-the-human-encyclopaedia-1.11312

5 http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/staff/paulhurd.html

Beekeeping

Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders resulting in the pesticide dust being blown into the air when planted.

The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University. They discovered that honeybees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms and found that traces of thiamethoxam/clothiandin were present in each case. The only major source of these compounds are seed treatments of field crops.

New non-GM Technology for Sunflower Crop

Scientists have developed techniques for the genetic improvement of sunflowers using a non-GMO based approach. The new technology platform can harness the plant's own genes to improve characteristics of sunflower, develop genetic traits, which will improve its role as an important oilseed crop. The work was led by Dr Manash Chatterjee, an Adjunct Faculty member of Botany and Plant Science at NUI Galway, and has been published in the journal BMC Plant Biology

Flower Power Fights Orchard Pests

Washington State University researchers have found they can control one of fruit growers' more severe pests, aphids, with a remarkably benign tool: flowers. The discovery is a boon for organic as well as conventional tree fruit growers.

Common Pesticide Turns Honeybees into 'Picky Eaters'

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a small dose of a commonly used crop pesticide turns honey bees into "picky eaters" and affects their ability to recruit their nest mates to otherwise good sources of food.

Honeybees must feed their young 1300 times a day in order to survive.

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-commonly-pesticide-honey-bees-picky.html

Do We Have Enough Water This Spring

A quick look at a National Weather Service map showing the nation's percent of average precipitation since the beginning of this year reveals a trend that is beginning to stoke concerns of crop stress from the western and southwestern Plains to the eastern Corn Belt.

http://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/dry-wear-spreading_2-ar24216?sssdm...

Illinois Seizes Beekeepers Research that Monsanto's Roundup Kills Honeybees

An Illinois beekeeper with more than a decade's worth of expertise about how to successfully raise organic, chemical-free bees is the latest victim of flagrant government tyranny. According to the Prairie Advocate, Terrence "Terry" Ingram of Apple River, Ill., owner of Apple Creek Apiaries, recently had his bees and beehives stolen from him by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDofA), as well as more than 15 years' worth of research proving Monsanto's Roundup to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) destroyed.

Poland Bans GE Corn to Protect Honeybee Population

Poland has banned a strain of genetically engineered Monsanto corn, citing a link between the pervasive crop and the rapid decline of honeybee populations.

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=4527&catId=8