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  1. Something of interest as Mexico (2014) is the worlds sixth biggest producer and third largest exporter of honey. Mexico builds wall to keep out Monsanto’s GMOs Published on Sep 27, 2016 Video 6:11 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcdQl_Nxse8 Mexican beekeepers are celebrating a victory after biotech giant Monsanto lost its permit to plant Roundup-ready genetically modified soybeans in the country. RT America's Marina Portnaya reports. Then, Simone Del Rosario is joined by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology to weigh-in. They really don't like the neonicotinoid pesticide bans in Europe and soon America. NZ and Aussie still allow them though it is under more recent review. Bayer-Monsanto is suing *Europe* for saving the bees https://actions.sumofus.org/a/bayer-bees-lawsuit 'Wow. Bayer, BASF and Syngenta are suing the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world. A huge public push won this landmark ban -- and we can't sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.' NEW ZEALAND - TPP In NZ TPP was changed to CPTPP – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership and if memory serves certain contentious sovereignty issues were not dealt with before signing but shelved or otherwise put on the backburner. I wonder if this is one of them. The below was taken from an infographic. ‘Under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Monsanto would be plaintiff, judge and jury. A provision of the TPP called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) would allow Monsanto to sue any nation bound by the TPP for any lost profits as a result of GMO or pesticide regulations. Have GMO labelling or cultivation bans? Get ready to go to court. Monsanto’s court, that is. With ISDS Monsanto can take its case before an international corporate court where corporate lawyers are the judges. Their ruling can’t be challenged in the defending nations courts. Goodbye national sovereignty.’ The new push for NZ GMOs. Time to restart genetic modification debate? Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:55 https://www.ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/time-to-restart-gm-debate ‘An expert on genetic modification says though young people can see the possibilities with the technology, some people are still living in a time warp in regards to it. Massey University professor of molecular genetics Barry Scott, FRS, co-chairs a panel on GE technology for the Royal Society. He told Rural News that GE technology has moved on a lot in the last 40 years and is now more precise. He believes fresh public discussion is needed on the subject of genetic modification. His comments echo those of the recently retired Government chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, who called for the debate on GM to be restarted. Gluckman says there are no significant ecological or health concerns associated with the advanced used of genetic technologies. But this doesn’t mean NZ would automatically accept these technologies, he says.’ NZ needs to rethink genetic engineering stance - experts 2/07/2018 https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/nz-needs-to-rethink-genetic-engineering-stance-experts/ar-AAzt9Eb?li=BBqdg4K&ocid=mailsignout ‘Since then, all genetic experiments have been confined to labs. However Sir Peter says we need a rethink on the issue, telling TVNZ there are "no significant ecological or health concerns associated with the use of advanced technologies".’ ‘Chief science adviser Juliet Gerrard says there's "no doubt" the current regulatory framework is out of date on the issue. "We'll definitely need a fresh look at the evidence." Professor Barry Scott, co-chair of the Royal Society expert panel on GE, says there's a lot of "scaremongery" about genetic modification and many haven't changed their opinions since the early 2000s. He told The Project GE has huge potential to cure illnesses such as bone marrow cancer, as well as conservation of the environment. GE could even be used to remove allergens from food, making it safer for people with intolerances. Professor Scott doesn't think Kiwis should be concerned about the potential dangers of GE.’ Life hackers ~ Feb 2017 https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/life-hackers/ Gene editing is now being used in research around New Zealand, usually to ‘switch off’ genes one by one in order to figure out what they do. Overseas, this technology has started to emerge from the lab—it has the potential to help eradicate pests, save threatened species, even cure diseases—and soon, we’ll have to decide whether gene editing should be permitted more widely in New Zealand. What are the risks? What could we use it for? And how should we decide?
  2. Well M4tt, I certainly went about this the wrong way and failed to check that main Monsanto transgenic bee link before posting. It certainly made a fool of me however I have managed to find a couple of remaining links from my source files that still work and refer to Monsanto actively engaging in transgenic bee research. Not nearly the best but all I have left now. 2017 https://www.emfacts.com/2017/12/australia-and-new-zealand-to-be-test-sites-for-gm-insect-trials-courtesy-of-darpa-re-posted/ 2015 A sad old link but indicates what they were up to. Misleading title as it's a GE combination of a bees pollinating characteristics with the pesticide immunization properties of ants. https://www.naturalnews.com/050993_flying_ants_genetically_engineered_Monsanto.html Think about the 'coincidences'. October 2017 - The bulk of the Gene Drive files were released exposing the US DARPA/Pentagon involvement along with DuPont, Bayer-Monsanto and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (DARPA) - US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Bayer- Monsanto collaborating with the US Pentagon/DARPA Gene Drive and field trials to start in NZ and Australia. http://www.synbiowatch.org/2017/12/the-gene-drive-files/ http://www.synbiowatch.org/2016/08/reckless-driving/ Bayer-Monsanto (now seemingly allegedly) developing a Transgenic bee. Remaining links above. In January 2018 - NZ and Australia are two countries that still permit the use of neonicotinoids. https://www.yates.co.nz/brand/confidor ‘Neonicotinoid based products, such as Confidor continue to be approved for use in New Zealand & Australian by the regulators EPA/APVMA/ ACVM who continue to monitor the latest science and have found no data to substantiate the claim that they are harmful to bees when correctly used. In fact, the APVMA have as recently as 12th January 2018 reconfirmed this position. For more information on this, please visit https://apvma.gov.au/node/28786’ There is now a more recent EPA evaluation (from August) in process. https://www.epa.govt.nz/news-and-alerts/latest-news/epa-calls-for-neonicotinoid-information/ https://livenews.co.nz/2018/08/14/epa-calls-for-neonicotinoid-information/ Many other countries including the EU have either banned or are in the process of banning their use. EU https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/neonicotinoids-face-total-eu-ban/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-22335520 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/23/europe-poised-for-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides US https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28167-bees-win-as-us-court-rules-against-neonicotinoid-pesticide/ https://www.ecowatch.com/maryland-to-become-first-state-to-ban-bee-killing-pesticides-for-consu-1882199363.html April 2018 - Bayer-Monsanto & DuPont with the Pioneer® LumiGEN™ (Pioneer seed with Monsanto Roundup Ready 2 Xtend coating) seed for first world wide release/sale in NZ. http://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/articles/rex/2018/04/innovative-maize-seed-treatment-first-of-its-kind-in-new-zealand.html https://www.pioneer.co.nz/ so Bayer-Monsanto Pioneer® LumiGEN™ herbicide coated seeds now growing in NZ sprayed with readily available Bayer-Monsanto neonicotinoid insecticides and pollinated by (now seemingly alleged) Bayer-Monsanto Transgenic bees. Is that not a field trial? Also Bayer-Monsanto is now bleeding money due to the US Roundup and other lawsuits so it now urgently needs to expand its chemical sales. https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/monsanto-payment-cancer-roundup-1.4781751 https://www.consumerprotect.com/roundup-lawsuit-settlements-update/ http://www.rounduplawsuit.org/ The alternative is mosquitoes but that doesn't seem to fit NZ/Aussie. Mosquitoes field tested in Africa but bees here and in Australia where we have the compatible for field trial bee populations and horticulture as Europe/USA etc. A ban of all neonicotinoids by the EPA would knock any chance of a US-Pentagon/DARPA/Bayer-Monsanto Transgenic bee field trial in NZ I should think, but will it happen? That's it. No politics or patronisation intended. Just a simple heads up. I'll now take yesbuts advice.
  3. A satire site? Well, I’ll be so it is! Funny that! Two days or so ago it wasn’t and for well over eight months it’s been a good site with a much larger page full of detail and now POW… a satire site. Interesting too is that searches now only have the Monsanto bee as satire with other pages mainly having the transgenic bee decades away. Real pity I failed to screen-cap or save the entire page. Rookie mistake that! Oh Well. I’m just plain silly and wrong and you’ve all got nothing to worry about. Nothing to see here! It was all just a sad, pathetic joke from a patronising paid shill. Carry on folks. Just ignore the rest like the Gene Drive field tests being conducted here and elsewhere because if one things wrong (satire site) then everything’s wrong isn’t it! Of course they could be doing the other mosquito part of the Gene Drive files. https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/226538-gene-drive-breakthrough-creates-weaponized-mosquito-extinction-strain October 2017 - The bulk of the Gene Drive files were released exposing the US DARPA/Pentagon involvement along with DuPont, Bayer- Monsanto and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (Good ole Bill-n-Mel with their Monsanto shares and vaccines). + February 2018 - Transgenic bee unveiled by Bayer-Monsanto. FAKE! SATIRE! FAKE! SATIRE! FAKE! SATIRE! FAKE! SATIRE! + April 2018 – New DuPont Pioneer® LumiGEN™ (Pioneer seed with Monsanto Roundup Ready 2 Xtend coating) seed for world wide first sale in NZ. = Field trials? No! NOTHING TO SEE HERE! CARRY ON FOLKS! I never said you were uninformed just not aware of the released Gene Drive files and their contents specifying NZ and Australia (among others) as field test sites. The transgenic bee is much further along than you may think. Don't want to hear it? Fine. Oh, remember folks – October is Red Cross month.
  4. From: Oh please. Edited To: Oh please. You don't have bees, you never had bees, you never gonna have bees, you don't want to have bees, you came here to push your views on GM. Well that's better than the first 'Oh please.' No I don't have bees and haven't had bees but I certainly would like to have bees sometime in the future. As for my (non-political) views on GM who cares what they are. The simple fact, that I have provided evidence for, is that you, the entire NZ beekeeping community and NZ honey brands are soon to be stuffed by NZ field trials of the transgenic bee. Do you really think that overseas folks are going to say. 'Well the official test sites are here and here and this honey supposedly comes from somewhere else so it should be safe?' Suck it up Alastair. Better still scream and shout about it from the rooftops!
  5. A simple response somewhat lacking in both thought and clarity but I see that Nikki Watts agrees with you so that’s OK. Wouldn’t it have been better to have actually thoroughly read the posted links articles and made the connection instead of me having to lead you by the nose to the blindingly obvious? No. I guess not. Much easier to simply yell ‘political agenda’ and dismiss it entirely. My initial question was to try and lead you lot to the truth of the matter of NZ and transgenic bees. Remember, they're YOUR hives at stake. Not mine. YOUR businesses/brands at stake. Not mine. However the indigenous pollinators and introduced natural bees in NZ are OURS and shouldn't be trifled with by foreign governments and corporations for profit! But... it's already too late anyway. NZ and Aussie are both field test sites for Monsanto’s transgenic bee. The fist link I posted about the NZ GE ‘Re-think’ is actually the ‘Acceptance Phase' of the operation’. The transgenic bee was created via a new and dangerous technology called Gene Drive which incidentally is also known as ‘Extinction Technology’ NZ and Australia mentioned in first paragraph above ABOUT THE RECORDS. http://www.synbiowatch.org/2017/12/the-gene-drive-files/ If there’s further interest and this account hasn’t been terminated I’ll post more later today. I’m actually rather tired of tying to give NZ apiarists a heads up about this. This is my last attempt. If this fails then you’re on your own. Good Luck.
  6. What 'political' agenda Alastair? Where's my politics? Please point it out to me if you'd be so kind.
  7. It's the logic of $$$. How do you protect your profitable neonicotinoid /glyphosate business? Build better bees! More neonicotinoid resistant sterile bees = more chemical sales + a captive market for annual pollination once native/non-GE populations die off from toxicity. Initial transgenic bee development costs recovered and easy money from then on out. Ask yourself, would you eat the honey?
  8. They're already working on robot bees in the UK and elsewhere. Lots of different and very ugly prototypes but soon enough they'll miniturise them further and perfect a basic design. As for genetically modified transgenic bees, well Monsanto has already made them. (The way of the future!) Sarc Monsanto unveils a neonicotinoid-pesticide-resistant transgenic bee. http://www.scienceinfo.news/monsanto-unveils-neonicotinoid-pesticide-resistant-transgenic-bee/
  9. I have no hives Alastair but am very interested in the opinions of apiarists as to what the impact of transgenic bees would have on NZ native bees/pollinators along with the hobbyist/commercial apiarist. What M4tt wrote basically sums up the commercial viewpoint. There'd hopefully be no interbreeding of transgenic and natural bees (I think, yet Mother natures cunning) but they'd compete for the same food resources as the natural bees/pollinators. With the sure-to-be-coming change in our GE stance public 'perception' of GE honey being manufactured here would be of great concern not only to the consumers but the suppliers businesses. Change is in the air. https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/nz-needs-to-rethink-genetic-engineering-stance-experts/ar-AAzt9Eb?li=BBqdg4K&ocid=mailsignout
  10. Thanks M4tt, Perceived is critical word there. Marketing is all about human perception is it not and reality takes a back seat to it. I expect if someone famous enough overseas stated a rumor on social media that NZ product X was 'super healthy' despite it being provably not its sales would still increase simply due to perception, and perhaps a bit of follow the celebrity leader. (I perceive it's true so it must be true). Unfortunately, from the looks of it NZ is about to alter its stance on GE organisms from what both the outgoing and incoming Chief science advisors have fairly recently said.
  11. Hello, A question I put to you is - In your opinion what affect would the introduction of genetically engineered bees to NZ have on existing commercial honey brands? Thanks for any replies.
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