Another species of bee added to the endangered list, almost wiped out by Monsanto
In case you thought that reporting on the rapidly diminishing number of bee colonies around the country was being over-hyped, this should tell you that prior warnings were spot-on, and indeed, prophetic.
For the first time ever, a rare bee species isbeing placed on the endangered species list, giving them special legal protections enshrined in U.S. code that, hopefully, will save them from extinction and billions of people from starvation.
As reported by Agence France Presse(AFP), U.S. officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service said in recent days that the decision was made following major declines in the rusty patched bumblebee population.
Monsanto, as weve reported in the past, has a hand in this. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say that the precipitous decline in the bee population is due to pesticides, disease and climate change (okay, so two of the three causes are real). The primary ingredient in Monsantos widely used Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, was tied to declining bee populations more than three years ago.