GM Crops: Fewer seeds, bees and butterflies

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Gm Crops are an alarming concern. Bees play an essential part in our ecosystem, they pollinate our crops (which equate to a third of all our food) and many other wild plants.  Since late in the 1990’s the bee population has been declining around the world, this was initially thought to have been due to a virus however a resent UK study shows that it is largely due to pesticides and Genetically Modified (GM) crops. Scientists found that when comparing GM crops to a conventional crop that the GM crop had much lower levels of seeds, bees and butterflies.

GM crops are designed to resist herbicides so farmers can use more potent weed killers on their crops, this is a problem as it also kills off other plants and beneficial weeds that feed the bees and other insects. Whilst the study was conducted in the UK and Australia has a different array of plants and insect life, ecoo wonders if it would be a good idea to test the affects of GM crops in a controlled environment before more GM crops get approved?! Have we not learned anything from messing with our environment, eg. the introduction of rabbits and cane toads in Australia.

Spraying crops with these harsh chemicals is affectively walking around spraying a can of pest spray on the food we eat and the insects that help produce our food, to say that this has no affect on our environment or ourselves is ludicrous. It is more important than ever to consider our politicians view on GM crops when voting, we have the power to make a difference before it is too late. 

Further reading

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2005/03/23/1329911.htm

http://sos-bees.org/

https://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/animals/files/bees.pdf