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Illinois Ag. Department Illegally Seizes Privately Owned Bees Resistant to GMO Poison

Christina Sarich
May 31st, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 10:31 pm
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ingram 263x164 Illinois Ag. Department Illegally Seizes Privately Owned Bees Resistant to GMO PoisonTerrence Ingram, a world renowned naturalist who once saved the Bald Eagle from being on the endangered species list, was recently met by the Illinois Agricultural Department which seized his privately-owned bees. The department seized his bees that were ‘resistant to GMO pesticides’ and killed the remaining healthy queen bees in his beehives.

Ingram had been researching the effects of Roundup, the Monsanto franken-food best-selling herbicide meant to make crops more resilient to pests. Roundup itself has long list of negative effects, with the product even shown to kill human kidney cells. Much of the ill effects of Roundup are produced by the active ingredient, glyphosate.

Ingram has been raising his bees for 58 years and researching Roundup’s effects on the bees for 15+ years. “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of his stock. You can surmise, that the results of his research were not likely a glowing report on the benefits of GMO pesticides.

The Ag Department allegedly seized Ingram’s bees because they were stricken with a disease known as American foulbrood. However, Ingram said he could prove that this is simply not true, and intended to do so at a hearing in April. Unfortunately, his bees were seized in March and are MIA.

The department released this statement to Ingram:

“During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….”

Monsanto will not be held to any legal action, not in any state in America, especially as it loses stable footing in countries like Hungary. With scientific evidence mounting every day against their faulty seeds, of course they would need to dismantle additional research which proves the long-term negative effects of their GMO crops. Ingram’s bees were ‘inspected’ without his presence and without a warrant. As government regulation of our freedom’s are increasingly suppressed, why are companies like Dow and Monsanto given free reign?

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  • rsdfwd

    Roundup is an enzyme, not a herbicide.

  • Highland Rob

    prove it.

  • Kelley Duda

    Monsanto is a tool the NWO/Illuminati use to destroy our health. They are hugely powerful and remarkably evil. This conspiracy reaches through every branch of our government and where it stinks you better believe there is sh*t.

  • Greg

    This comment thread is tedious. People are either bashing confused and curious people or repeating what others have already said. Why be so negative towards one another? Just stop and share the information, it’s simple and kind.

  • Crowfoot

    This seizure of Mr. Ingram's bees is infuriating! The FDA, Monsanto and US government are trampling all over personal freedom. Who in hell is representing the 99% in this country? Obviously not anyone in our government! FDA needs to be dismantled; they don't have public health in mind at all. This country is in a dark, dark place right now. I am so sorry that I voted for Obama – the first time I voted for "change we could believe in"; the second time I voted for what I thought was the lesser of two evils. But everyone thinks their own representative is "doing a good job" – how stupid can we be?????

  • erin

    Here's some info for you folks who don't know any better (or just plain hate the truth):

    Heeding the warning

    Time and again, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has warned that GMOs pose a serious threat to health, and it is no accident that there can be a correlation between it and adverse health effects. In fact, the AAEM has advised doctors to tell their patients to avoid GMOs as the introduction of GMOs into the current food supply has correlated with an alarming rise in chronic diseases and food allergies.

    This should come as no surprise. More than 30 years ago a food supplement called L-trytophan killed 100 people and affected 5,000 to 10,000 more. The cause was narrowed down to the genetic engineering process used in its production. If the symptoms had not had three simultaneous characteristics – namely, they were unique, acute and fast-acting – the disease could never have been identified.

    Look at: "Evidence of GMO damage and toxicity". It shows images of huge tumors on rats that were fed GMO foods. You honestly think Monsanto give a flying fvck about your health & wellbeing? Enjoy your tumors, then.

  • Entoman

    The comments here make about as much sense as the article…if American foul rood was present, that would easily cause terrible problems in his apiary…. And why would monsanto need a bee that is resistant to roundup? Roundup is a herbicide, not an insecticide….

    • FrankC

      Because the poison is absorbed from the ground by the plants, and the pollen in flowers on the plants kill the bees…..
      now what do you think EATING FRUIT/VEGGIES from the same plants, DOES TO YOU???

      • anonymous

        if Entoman couldn’t figure that out on his own, then I don’t know what to think… maybe he should just keep eating it and do the rest of the world a favor. lol

      • Anonymous

        Man, anyone who’s too stupid to figure that out for themselves should just go ahead and eat this crap and do the rest of the world a favor. Really.

  • @Renasindar

    Please explain what is meant by this: "Terrence Ingram, a world renowned naturalist who once SAVED THE BALD EAGLE FROM BEING ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST"… ? ? ?

  • chris

    they will take they bees to see if they can engineer the bees to have a new stock of bees resistant to round up and tote it as them trying to save the bees of america as they did with roundup ready crops

    • Crowfoot

      They destroyed the bees……….

  • mary

    The only way I can see around this would be to always double your study…like keeping double books…a method Monsanto etc are familiar with no doubt…

  • motherearth

    Why are Monsanto and Dow given free reign? Mainly because they have bought our "government" officials, the FDA and our court system. Clarence Thomas was a lawyer for Monsanto before he was "appointed" to his seat on the Supreme Court. The revolving door between Monsanto and our government insures that these companies get what they want with NO consequences…they are above the law, especially now that the Monsanto Protection Act was snuck into the Farm Bill, thanks to Roy Blunt, another paid henchman for these corporations. Buy organic and grow your own food from heirloom seeds…it is the ONLY way to fight back….and, do it soon, because soon it will be illegal to grow your own food. I guess next they will come and confiscate your garden crops, too! This is fascism, pure and simple!.

  • Jill C

    Do you eat herbicides?

    • Edgar

      Some GMOs are engineered not to be "Roundup ready" but rather to make their own pesticides. You can't wash those off, so if you eat the food, you are automatically eating the pesticide. The glyphosate in Roundup is only present in the food in small quantities but that is all it takes. It is ironic that Agent Orange is mentioned in a comment, without stating that glyphosate is the active ingredient in Agent Orange, and that it and PCBs were responsible for the human deaths and other problems in Vietnam.

    • FrankC

      YES, YOU DO!! the Herbicide gets into the ground, the food plants ABSORB ELEMENTS from the GROUND they grow in…. INCLUDING leftover Round up… and YOU EAT IT… get it NOW???

  • mthrynn
    • Cstrut

      Agent orange was an herbicide killed a bunch of people in Vietnam, guess that blows your theory out of the water.

  • Guest

    This article doesn't make any sense. An herbicide kills weeds, not insects. Roundup is an herbicide, not a pesticide.

    • gary

      You are correct, however the crops have a herbicide resistant gene so when the crops are sprayed with herbicide the the crops survive and the weeds don't. But in some parts of the world the weeds are also resistant to the herbicide, which raises a load of other issues….

    • elvis

      /we almost lost all the eagles because of herbicides. it made the egg shells very thin and the eggs cracked when the eagles sat on them.

      • Edgar

        It was not an herbicide that made the egg shells thin but rather a pesticide. DDT is also made by Monsanto, and it does not just effect eagles, it makes all bird shells thinner. I know of no scientific studies to confirm this but at the age of 51 I can tell you that there are far more birds in North America now than there were when I was young, and we were using DDT.

        • jack

          Russell's teapot. You people need to stop spewing pseudoscience

    • Joe

      The answer to your comment is "GMO frankenfoods". They are pest resistant. Roundup is a herbicide, made by Monsanto who also makes the GMO pest resistant crops using neo-nicotinoids. The article isn't very well written. The vanishing of the bees is a good documentary on the topic.

  • Dan

    This is one more example of our country becoming a totalitarian, fascist state. When they can't win in the courts, they bring out the guns and take over. What ever happened to the rule of law?