(NaturalNews) Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD).
Since 2007, Beeologics has been studying CCD, as well as Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), for the purpose of coming up with intervention-based ways to mitigate these conditions. And based on the way the company describes both CCD and IAPV on its website, Beeologics has largely taken the approach that intervention, rather than prevention, is the key to solving the global bee crisis.
Now that Beeologics is owned and controlled by Monsanto, the company is sure to completely avoid dealing with the true causes of CCD and IAPV as they pertain to Monsanto's crop technologies -- GMOs and their chemical counterparts. So going into the future, it seems expected that Beeologics will come up with "scientific breakthroughs" that deny any link between CCD and GMO technologies, and instead blame mystery pathogens and other factors that require more chemicals to eliminate. (Read more)
Link to today's Degesch. Note that the company seems to remain the same, even with its history.
It is interesting to note this bit of information. Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others have forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals.
Knowing Bayer, I wouldn't hold my breath. They are not without controversy. Follow this trail back into history.
IG Farben built and operated more than 40 concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe, including Auschwitz, which killed thousands of Jews in Nazi gas chambers. IG Farben held the patent for the pesticide Zyklon B used in Holocaust gas chambers, and owned 42.2 percent (in shares) of Degesch (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schädlingsbekämpfung) which manufactured it.
After the war, Western powers broke the company up into three separate divisions: Hoechst, Bayer, and BASF,  and emerged as separate corporations within the Rockefeller "Drug Trust" alliance. Bayer is presently closely associated with the military industrial complex, also known as Carlyle Group.