bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

GM protection -- it's easy!

Here's a response from Dr Janine Baker of the Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management in Canada who is about to determine whether bees foraging on GM oil seed rape can carry herbicide-resistant pollen, or genetically modified material to other oil seed rape plants. She seems to think in terms of closed systems:

She says results so far show it is a problem than can be managed, because bees do not move large distances and tend to work single varieties of canola.

“It's not a huge issue and it looks as though it's one that we can manage quite easily, because, as I said, they don't like to travel far,” she said.
Easy then? Ha! I think not.


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