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Archive for January 15th, 2007

Do bees know something about genetically modified foods that we don’t?

Posted by metaphorical on 15 January 2007

It’s hard to know what to make of this, but a recent study is leading some environmentalists to argue that wild bees shy away from the genetically modified version of rapeseed.

The study, initially published by the Ecological Society of America before being picked up in Italy, looked at pollination and the response of wild bees to organic, conventional and GM rapeseed crops. 

It measured the abundance of bees and the pollination deficit, which is the difference between potential and actual pollination.

The results showed no pollination deficit in organic fields, a slight pollination deficit in conventional fields and a high pollination deficit in GM fields.

Likewise, bees were most abundant in organic fields and least so in GM fields.

The problem with GM food is, to quote the noted epistemologist Donald Rumsfeld, the unknown unknowns. Read the rest of this entry »

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