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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 05:07 PM
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19. The BT gene
causes the plant to produce the same toxin as the BT bacterium. It was designed to kill chewing insects but if present in the pollen, it could also be killing the bees that collect pollen for food.
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  -Could GM Crops be Killing Bees? nosmokes  Mar-11-07 01:03 PM   #0 
  - But GM crops on the list of "probably not"  Buzz Clik   Mar-11-07 01:09 PM   #1 
  - That is the trick that is played  KT2000   Mar-11-07 03:05 PM   #14 
  - yes indeed  leftchick   Mar-11-07 01:10 PM   #2 
  - That was my first thought . . .  Richard D   Mar-11-07 01:14 PM   #3 
  - Another thought : neonicotinoids...LTTE in the Denver Post today.  MissMarple   Mar-11-07 01:16 PM   #4 
  - thanks for that heads up, miss marple!  nosmokes   Mar-11-07 01:55 PM   #10 
  - A chemical is a more reasonable culprit.  Buzz Clik   Mar-11-07 02:01 PM   #11 
  - Just might be on to something there...  hootinholler   Mar-11-07 04:00 PM   #17 
  - damn good question. never even occurred to me.  bullimiami   Mar-11-07 01:20 PM   #5 
  - Ughh that never dawned on me  Horse with no Name   Mar-11-07 01:20 PM   #6 
  - When you clone seeds to produce plants which are yucky to insect pests  Robbien   Mar-11-07 01:21 PM   #7 
  - You know, there's really next to no scientific evidence for this.  TheWraith   Mar-11-07 01:34 PM   #8 
  - I'm going to ask another question.  The Backlash Cometh   Mar-11-07 01:40 PM   #9 
  - the reason european honey bees are so important to farmers is they only  nosmokes   Mar-11-07 02:06 PM   #13 
  - If the plants have a 'kill-gene' added so they won't produce viable seed...  havocmom   Mar-11-07 02:04 PM   #12 
  - nah  leftofthedial   Mar-11-07 03:05 PM   #15 
  - Silly, it's (the birds and) the bees we're talking about here...  Vincenzio   Mar-11-07 03:19 PM   #16 
  - Har! good one Vincenzio. welcome to DU!  nosmokes   Mar-11-07 04:44 PM   #18 
  - The BT gene  formercia   Mar-11-07 05:07 PM   #19 
  - whatever the cause, it's a damn good bet that it's something humans have done . . .  OneBlueSky   Mar-12-07 05:55 AM   #20 
  - Could genetically modified crops be killing bees? Ha ha ha ha  progressoid   Mar-12-07 07:42 AM   #21 
 

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