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.

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

  1. Monsanto have already made a lot of farmers dependent on their GM seeds, Glyphosate, destroyed our pollinators, not they want to make them dependent on GM insects too. They might as well just buy the farms, they already own the government !

  2. Jean-Christophe CHARLES | February 20, 2016 at 12:29 am | Reply

    Créer la maladie et son remède, stratégie commerciale vieille comme le monde mais de plus en plus efficace au fur et à mesure des progrès technologiques. C’est imparable et ce ne sont pas les blogs écol- i y changeront quoi que ce soit. Facile pour les pays occidentaux de dénoncer une pratique qu’ils ont, que nous avons nous même engendrée!!! Il suffit qu’un généticien un peu allumé lâche sa B.G.M. (bestiole génétiquement modifiée) sur le parking de son laboratoire bouleverser le cours de l’évolution en moins de 20 ans. C’est pas du terrorisme çà ???
    Et puis j’écris en français parce que j’ai lu vos commentaires en anglais alors c’est donnant-donnant (fifty/fifty)…

  3. While this avenue isn’t the most desirable in correcting these issues, we cannot eliminate the use of pesticides. We need to invest more in developing pesticides that work alongside mother nature. The sad fact is that with the growing population we need this technology to continue to produce enough to sustain ourselves. You all won’t be preaching about how God wants everything to be all natural when the price for your baby carrots skyrockets because half of the worlds yield dies because we stopped using pesticides. Or when you hear on the news the rapid growth of hunger across the globe because we can no longer protect our rice paddy’s from destructive insects.

  4. Monsanto? Where have I heard this name before? Right, this is the Company that said DDT was safe and that Agent Orange was harmless. Now , I get it! it’s the same Monsanto that exchanges personnel with the FDA. Monsanto is well known for their mendacity, chicanery and dirty dealing so they can poison us with their GMO “Healthy Food” What is America doing about it? Nothing, because Monsanto has the power of deep pockets that “We The People” don’t have as our representatives have been bought out with ‘Campaign Contributions’ AKA a BRIBE!!!

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