Genetically Modified Ants Could Replace Honey Bees, Claims Monsanto Expert

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A team of researchers at Monsanto believe they might be on the verge of finding a solution to the mysterious drop in honey-bee populations all over the planet, a threat that endangers the world’s food supply as a whole.

The $3 million dollar grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has led the team of researchers at Monsanto to develop alternative strategies to “survive” an eventual honey bee Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon that has been increasing in the past decade and that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, a situation that could “dramatically impact the world’s food supply”, admit experts.

“Latest studies have found a link between neonicotinoid pesticides that are vastly used in GE corn crops. As GE farming has become an essential part of agriculture in today’s modern world, we had to develop ways to promote both the continuity of GE farming and the survival of the honey bees, a fascinating challenge” admits John Leere, head biochemist of the project.

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John Leere, head biochemist at Monsanto, believes a genetically modified ant could eventually replace bees, in case of a total collapse of the species

Saving the world’s food supply

The team of researchers has developed a genetically modified ant that could “possibly save the world’s food supply”.

“Since GE farming and neonicotinoid pesticides are here to stay, we first tried to modify the bees as to increase their immune system to these insecticides, with little or no success” admits the specialist.

“Yet, we did not despair and eventually started testing on winged virgin queens and males of the ant species. Although ants usually lose their wings after the queen has been inseminated and starts to give birth to the new colony, genetic manipulation has produced a flying ant species that is strikingly similar to the common honey bee, and 50 times stronger to certain types of pesticides” he acknowledges, visibly enthused by the discovery.

“Through genetic manipulations, we could eventually create a hybrid species that would have both the common honey bee’s pollinating characteristics, as well as possess the pesticide immunization properties of certain ant species, a perfect match that would take thousands of years to develop on its own in nature,” he explains.

According to a recent Greenpeace study, seventy out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees. US National Agriculture Statistics show a honey bee decline from about 3.2 million hives in 1947 to 2.4 million hives in 2008, a 90% reduction.

13 Comments on "Genetically Modified Ants Could Replace Honey Bees, Claims Monsanto Expert"

  1. Protect the ‘natural’ species we have. Stop the use of indiscriminate pesticides. We are killing them off, lets stop and infest the huge amount of money monsanto are chucking about. To make this a world we actually ‘share’ . Stop with the genetics we’ve destroyed enough wildlife already!

  2. Seriously? you people are mentally challenged. You don’t fix the problem by creating another one. You need to fix all the mistakes you scientists have made already and correct all the mutated things you’ve made. There is no end to your arrogance. A child could figure this out.If it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it or get more out of it than you are getting. Chemicals will destroy you too. AND WHEN IT DOES, YOU WILL DESERVE IT. GOD IS NOT MOCKED. YOU CAN’T CHANGE PERFECTION WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES.

    • I wouldn’t mind betting that this was a deliberate act by these greedy scum to destroy natures machine and develop their own genetically modified species so they have a hold on humanity with a product they control and we would eventually need at what ever price they set.

    • Dave Evans | June 12, 2015 at 9:13 pm |

      This isn’t science, this is Frankenstein. Science isn’t arrogant, Monsanto is. And they are a bit crazy too.

  3. Wow, and I thought the gene modified meatless cows were a big deal (think Garden Burgers), but this surpasses that.

  4. I agree with the three previous commenters. Monsanto is insanely greedy and megalomaniacal…. trying to own the world. There will be no world to rule if you keep it up. You need some mental help!

  5. What about the butterflys, and all the other animal life, Monstanto is killing off like some kind of psychopathic genocide. Stop trying to kill us, and get some psychological Help. Seriously, for the good of humanity, and the plant.

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