The GM Bee

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The bees that feed on GM products don’t appreciate them. They are behind the times. They have not evolved. It’s difficult to keep up with the human race. Their lack of appreciation is such that after a bit, they die. But before that, they pass on the message.
And on GM fields, bees are no longer to be seen. The bees, before dying produce GM honey. We eat GM honey without knowing it. Will it do us any good? We will only know by dying. That’s the good thing about GM. It’s always a surprise.
How do the beekeepers find out that their bees go over the boundary into GM fields? The bees move around without taking precautions. They go from one flower to another. From one GM cultivation to another GM cultivation. Even in the experimental ones. With GM products that have not yet been approved. The bees are against progress. Those that don’t adapt are lost. And don’t get quoted on the Stock Exchange. The bees are an economic resource but they don’t produce bonds. A bee hive can contain up to 50,000 bees. In Europe there are thousands of millions of bees. Every time that a bee goes out from the beehive it pollinates a hundred flowers. The effort delivered by the bees in pollination is worth a few thousand million Euros in salary in the European Union.
But the value of pollination cannot be measured. Without the bees, hundreds of plants would die. Does anyone think they are able to do this work? Perhaps with new GM products from the multinationals that always reassure us about our future and about the value of their shares?
We have become unconscious guinea pigs of by-products of GM products. There is a solution: Buttiglione. He’s the big Italian bee. He’s painted yellow and black. His sting is put where it needs to stay. And he is reproduced in GM fields on posters for bees. On seeing him they would understand the extent of the danger.
The United States have more than half the GM cultivations in the world. Almost 50 million hectares out of 90 million. To overcome world hunger. They say. Or perhaps it’s for export, like democracy.

P.S. In the United States for reasons connected with pesticides, environmental changes and GM, the population of native wild bees has gone down by 90% in the last 50 years. The number of beehives has dropped by two thirds.

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Sniffer bees set to snare suicide bombers
By BARRY WIGMORE - 29th November 2006

Sniffer bees with a nose for explosives are set to make a major breakthrough in the war on terror.

An extraordinary invention by a small British company is being praised by American scientists who have been testing it.

Researchers at Inscentinel Ltd, which has just three employees at its Harpenden, Herts, HQ, have developed an amazing "sniffer box" to harness the bees' incredible sense of smell.

Now Inscentinel is set to cash in when its box full of computer technology that turns honeybees into bomb detectors goes into mass production.

Bee sniffer squads could be on duty at airports, train stations and other terror targets within a year, say the scientists. Los Alamos sniffer squad trainer Tim Haartman, an entomologist - insect specialist - at the lab, said: "The technology is there. It's just a case of putting it into production."

A honeybee finds explosives by doing what comes naturally. He pokes out his proboscis - the trunk-like feeding organ with which he sucks in food - when he smells something he likes.

Scientists have known of the amazing sense of smell of the bee for centuries. The insects use it all the time in the wild when they're gathering pollen to make honey.

Inscentinel's managing director Stephen James thought this could be harnessed to monitor food in warehouses and detect when it is going bad.

But he was amazed three years ago when he discovered that as well as food and flowers, bees recognise just about anything that has the slightest smell, raising the prospect of detecting explosives.

They trained the bees to only extend the proboscis when smelling a particular explosive, conditioning them by giving them a reward of sugared water when they responded correctly.

A year ago Mr James took his idea to DARPA, America's sci-fi Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

DARPA has a billion dollar a year budget and hands out millions for 'off-the-wall' ideas that could turn into major defence projects. They asked the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which has 9,000 employees and an annual budget of $2.2 billion, to test Inscentinel's ideas.

And Los Alamos thinks the sniffer bees are one of DARPA's most successful investments.

Like all the best projects at the New Mexico lab where the first A-bomb was developed, the bee squad has a code-name - SISP, for Stealthy Insect Sensor Project.

Inscentinel showed the Los Alamos scientists that the bees can be trained to sniff out anything from home-made fertilizer bombs, through demolition dynamite to C-4 plastic explosives.

Unlike sniffer dogs which require three months training, it takes 10 minutes to train the bees.

After training three or four bees are put in a shoebox-sized "sniffer box", held in position on plastic mountings. Air is sucked by a fan into the box via plastic tubes and wafts gently over the bees.

If they detect explosives in the air, the trained bees all stick out their proboscises together.

A miniature video camera in the box is trained on them and is connected to a computer programmed with movement recognition software. As soon as the movement of the proboscises is detected, an alarm sounds to alert the security operator.

To avoid false alarms from rogue results, a single bee sticking out its tongue does not set the system off.

The idea would be to use the box at a security checkpoint, waving it around a person being checked, in the same way electric wands are used as security scanners at airports.

Dr Haartman of Los Alamos said: "Inscentinel are the pioneers in all of this. They first proposed the idea to the military and explained their technology and the training of the bees.

"They were really clever when they put together this box with the image recognition software. This is such a simple, cost-effective, and foolproof device that it should go into production as soon as possible. The bees can be used in either mobile or static sniffer boxes."

"We've tried all kinds of ways to distract the bees, even spraying insecticide into the airway. But as soon as they detect what they're trained to find, those tongues shoot out. They're amazing little critters."

Now Inscentinel and Los Alamos researchers are looking into other uses for sniffer bees, like detecting dry rot in old buildings, and drugs smugglers at airports.

They've already discovered that feeding them caffeine improves their memory, and they want to breed an explosive sniffing super-bee.

Inscentinel Managing Director Stephen James said: "Bees are incredibly versatile and their potential uses are enormous."

Posted by: Dale Bailey | March 9, 2007 05:26 AM


Ora non è tanto per dire.....ma

mi arrivano ogni tanto, come capiterà anche a voi, e-mail pubblicitarie riguardanti diversi settori merceologici ( libri...riviste....prodotti vari...etc) cosa più allucinante è se ti arriva una e-mail con un'offerta speciale riferita alla sezione "ANIMALI DOMESTICI"...prima di scorrere la mail mi dico "bè potrei trovare qualcosa per il mio ice....magari prodotti antiparassitari o che dir si voglia"....scorro la mail e cosa trovo?!!!!!!

Guardate voi stessi...non ci sono parole....

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Puoi tenere gli occhi chiusi e fare finta di niente.
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Comincia subito chiarendoti le idee sull'adozione a distanza.

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Non potendo allegare anche la foto del bambino dai grandi occhi neri probabilmente non rendo abbastanza l'idea dello sdegno e della mia sorpresa.....
Che dire?

Posted by: Valentina Cardone | January 17, 2007 04:47 PM


Now we are worrying about the bees because we can see them fly....
We never worried about the fields that organic products are cultivated on; as if their soil is separated by a cement wall from the adescent field which is not organic and the same water doesn't run through both of them....!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | January 9, 2007 01:20 AM


Phil what do you mean by that,can you please explain?

Posted by: eva kulnura | January 6, 2007 10:33 AM


THE BEE MAY BE SICK.


BUT OUR "MR. CRICKET" HERE ISN'T LOOKING TOO GOOD EITHER.

Posted by: Phil Latio | January 6, 2007 03:03 AM


Congratulation your blog


from Freguesia do Ó/São Paulo Brasil

http://colunafactorama.blogspot.com

Posted by: Robson Cerqueira | January 6, 2007 12:28 AM


GM or GMO, it is still the same. General Motors sales over this same time period are down about 90%. Maybe our bees have been building autos. When the bee population declined the auto output declined.

Posted by: Charlie Willey | January 6, 2007 12:10 AM


Monsanto is about to release a new sensational single. Unofficial sources report that the title for the single in question is believed to be -oooops I did it again!!!

Posted by: piero sanna | January 6, 2007 12:07 AM


Beppe!

In English you must write "GMO" otherwise people would think that you are talking about bees made by General Motors:)))

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 5, 2007 07:07 PM


In the US there are no corn fields left that are not genetically modified. The whole crop is now contaminated and is consumed both locally as well as being exported to the rest of the world. When you eat your corn flakes in the morning be proud to be a participant in an involuntary experiment that will enormously benefit the bottom line of few multinationals to the detriment of our collective health.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | January 5, 2007 01:20 PM


Poor little honey-makers!
Their going through hard times, to Bee or not to Bee GM-wise?

I strongly recommend to have a glance at these two movies: `Whatthebleepdoweknow´ (http://www.whatthebleep.com/) and the remarkable `the inevitable truth (Al Gore´s one)´; they´re worth watching, many hot issues that will make you reckon...

Cheers

Posted by: Luigi B | January 5, 2007 01:10 PM


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