Beekeepers worldwide are swarming on governments and federal agencies to transform regulations surrounding GMO and pesticide pollution in our food sources. It is not surprising that through the devotional celebration of this humble pollinating servant that people are rising up to take a stand against what is widely known to be a dangerous instrument of developing technologies. Those of us who love the honeybee are moved to protect them and although Monsanto now owns Beelogics, the CCD research agency that has led the way in connecting large scale bee-deaths to GMO and neonicitinoids, the information is already widely proven and accepted that GMO inspired products are unhealthy for humans, animals and the environment at large. Observant beekeepers already know this and are thusly enthused to protest on behalf of their pollinators.
Seven countries, principally African and South American, have made tremendous inroads to ban GMO’s and over 30 countries across the globe have passed into law that GMO products be labeled as such which allows consumers to vote with their forks. This week, Polish beekeepers, in a colorful show of protest (black and yellow, of course), are the first of what will certainly become a global movement to take a stand against this insidious encroachment. On behalf of the honeybee and through their focused efforts, they passed the law to create a ban on GMO products in their country.
America, where 85% of soy, 45% of corn and 75% of alfalfa are GMO strains (fed to us as well as our meat and dairy animals) is taking a more localized approach to stop the corporate giants such as Monsanto and Sargenta. You can look for and support such campaigns in your area. Burlington, Vermont and San Francisco have been largely successful in producing localized legislation and are excellent organizational models for such change. Demanding labeling of seeds, plants, farms and production of GMO food stuffs is your right as a consumer. Protecting your apiary from such scientific encroachment is also a good place to start and gives you a three mile foraging radius to focus on. Where are your honeybees pollinating? Are these farms following pollination regulations and protocols?
Perhaps we can hold the honeybee as a symbol for change in our personal diets, our communities, our country and our world. For what could possibly be more inspiring than the humble honeybee, who through her sweet bee-ing creates the food for our tables?
Bee the change you wish to see in the world.