It appears that officials with Illinois’ Department of Agriculture have ties to Monsanto…I don’t know what else could explain this story of the theft of bees from a man who has spent years researching the connection between Round-Up and illness & death in our bee colonies. Monsanto has gone to great lengths to contain the research – up to and including buying Beelogics before they could release any potentially damaging studies.
I am sure it is no coincidence that a quick search turned up a political donation from Monsanto to…*drum roll please*…the acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Robert Flider. It seems there is just no end to Monsanto’s influence in our government on both the federal level, re: former Monsanto
puppetmaster, er lobbyist turned FDA head, Michael Taylor…and on the state level with mini-puppets like Flider to carry out misdeeds and violate citizens’ rights on Monsanto’s behalf.
Excerpts from Mercola Article, “What’s Behind Illinois Stealing Local Hero’s Bee Hives?”
An Illinois beekeeper whose bee hives were stolen and allegedly destroyed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his questions on why the state did this, and most importantly, what they did with his bees.
The state claims the bees were destroyed because they were infected with a disease called foulbrood.
But when the 58-year apiary keeper had his hearing—three weeks after the removal of his bees without his knowledge—the state’s “evidence” had disappeared, leaving more questions than answers about the raid on the beekeeper’s hives.
Some people, including the beekeeper, Terrence Ingram, suspect the raid has more to do with Ingram’s 15 years of research on Monsanto’s Roundup and his documented evidence that Roundup kills bees, than it does about any concerns about his hives.
Interestingly, the state’s theft targeted the queen bee and hive he’d been using to conduct the research…
…While the state claims the removal of the property was due to Ingram’s failure to comply with the Department’s notice instructing him to burn the affected hives, they have been less than open about why the inspectors came in and took the bees and hives without due process.
At a time when the Ingram’s were absent from the property. Ingram claims the Department also conducted three out of four inspections on his private property while no one was home.
While Department inspectors claim his hives had foulbrood—an allegedly highly contagious disease—Mr. Ingram believes he could prove that this was not the case…
…Ingram believes the destruction of his bees and hives is more likely to be related to his research into the effect of Roundup on honey bees. He claims some 250 of his colonies have been killed off over the years by Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide, used in large quantities on both conventional- and genetically engineered crops. Ingram’s research shows that Roundup can lead to what’s called chilled brood, which is an entirely different scenario…”