by Julian Vigo / May 26th, 2016
“Colony Collapse Disorder is still highly debated among scientists with Purdue University entomologist, Tom Turpin, denying that this disorder exists. While Turpin admits that neonicotinoid insecticides kill honeybees, he does not believe that this insecticide alone is responsible for the death of bee colonies, adding, “Several factors including diseases, mites, exposure to insecticides, and unusually warm winters have contributed to colony death.” While many scientists acknowledge that Colony Collapse Disorder is not necessarily uniquely limited to pesticides, the fact that Turpin’s own department is neck-deep in Monsanto funding, to include a gift under the moniker of the “Honey Bee Club,” makes any research coming from that department on this subject suspect. Monsanto does business with Nippon Soda and Sumitomo Chemical, the producers of three different neonicotinoids, and Monsanto is currently evaluating the takeover of the companies that produce three neonicotinoids, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta.”
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