Boyko's Bees: Bulgaria GMO Act Puts Mankind at Risk

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Boyko's Bees: Bulgaria GMO Act Puts Mankind at Risk: Boyko's Bees: Bulgaria GMO Act Puts Mankind at Risk

Bulgaria PM Boyko Borisov attempted Tuesday to calm down the environmentalist lobby, after the recent protests against the new GMO Act, by stating "I guarantee that we won't have GMOs".

The Bulgarian Environment and Water Ministry soon, of course, followed their leader by confirming that the new changes in the Law on Genetically Modified Organisms will not apply to food and animal feed. They added that the scope of the new law includes only laboratory research and release of GMOs into the environment including field trials.

Even with this apparent clearing up of the problem, I wonder if the Environment Ministry really knows how important the last point in their press release was - as it could lead to the end of mankind! Now before you give up reading, after deciding that yours truly has gone completely mad, here is a quote from Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

Yes the little bee has a very important role in the battle against GM Crops. Bees are 100% needed for the pollination of Bulgaria’s crops, particularly oilseed rape, sunflowers and beans and are therefore absolutely vital for the rural population of the country. In fact the value of honey bees' services as pollinators in the European Union has been estimated at over EUR 3 B per year.

The changes to the GMO Act would allow for field trials of MON 810 maize (produced by biotech giant Monsanto) as well as other GM crops to take place in Bulgaria. MON810 is the only GM crop grown commercially on a large scale in Europe, and has so far been banned in 7 European countries, including Greece and Germany but not Bulgaria.

What is the link between bees and the GM Maize that could be grown in Bulgaria?

Well, bees collect pollen for food and in the US it has been found that pollen from maize fields can make up to 20% of the total collected by bees from nearby hives. It was recently made clear by many environmental organizations that domestic bee populations are in steep decline in areas where GM maize is grown. Wild bees, which are also vital for the survival of many of our wild plants, as well as being important for crops, have also started to disappear in these areas.

The theory goes that the genetic modification of the plant leads to the concurrent genetic modification of the flower pollen. When the flower pollen becomes genetically modified or sterile, the bees will potentially become malnourished and die of illness due to the lack of nutrients and the interruption of the digestive capacity of what they feed on through the summer and over the winter hibernation process.

Recently Walter Haefeker, a director of the German Beekeepers Association (DBIB) and vice president of the European Professional Beekeepers Association, warned that "the very existence of beekeeping is at stake," over this threat.

In addition, research has also found that bees can pass proteins from nectar unchanged into honey. If GM crops produce novel proteins or toxins in the nectar as well, this may further threaten the safety of the honey produced from areas where GM crops are grown.

GM plants may also contain genes which provide resistance to commonly used antibiotics such as ampicillin. There is concern that these could be passed on to the bacteria that live in humans and animals. DNA from pollen has been found to be able to survive in honey for seven weeks.

In spite of the risks, there has been almost no safety testing of GM pollen, either for humans or for bees!

In the specific case of Bulgaria, the government and PM Boyko Borisov have not yet shown that they are against GMOs, despite the soundbites. Sadly if they don't take swift action by banning MON810 they will not be able to stop the eventual destruction of the Bulgarian environment. Please Boyko save the bees before its too late!

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FIGMENT - 5 Feb 2010 // 23:22:02


For a woman sex is all between the ears. She has to hear the right words, or she won't loosen up down there. Got it?

FIGMENT - 5 Feb 2010 // 23:20:43


" I said you were frigid, and I stilll think so."

There is no such a thing as a "frigid" woman, there is only incompetent men who don't know what to do with a woman. Unfortunately, women don't come with an instruction manual. Let's just say that you have a small d!ck and you don't know how to use it.

Bill - 5 Feb 2010 // 20:05:23


I didn't say anything abouot your sex life. I said you were frigid, and I stilll think so. You have an icy personality, and I don't care what your sex life is.

FIGMENT - 5 Feb 2010 // 19:49:57


You were saying about your sex life??? I am all ears!

WickedWitch - 5 Feb 2010 // 19:47:44


You don't get to set the limits of free speech.

Not when you started getting personal and speculating about my sex life while I was not saying anything personal about you.

Bill - 5 Feb 2010 // 18:03:14


"And all others have the right to criticize your opinion"

Correct, but that's the end of it. "Free speech" does NOT include going past arguing the point and into personal insult. Criticize my opinion all you want, but don't call me stupid or uneducated because I disagree with your "exalted" opinion.

What I said was "with the same impunity", i.e. not to have to put up with a batch of senseless slamming not related to the discussion. You're an expert at that. You only show up on the forum when you have the opportunity to degrade someone.

WickedWitch - 5 Feb 2010 // 17:37:03

"All I ask is the right to post my opinion with as much impunity as they can theirs."

You have that right. And all others have the right to criticize your opinion. That's what free speech is about.

Al - 5 Feb 2010 // 14:17:38


"Bubble Gum Rock"?

Nah, too little psychedelic for me.

Anyway, here is my favorite one-liner: "The sun's not yellow it's chicken".

DP - 5 Feb 2010 // 03:44:13

“In "my day" and "my world", many things were in fact better. Nobody had to submit to insult and degradation from a position of defenseless against it and lack of means of stopping it. Much more feeling of respect for other people's opinions, and living with them rather than condemning them.”


Now read that the way it goes for people like me (us) who grew up in communist’s state.

In “my day” and “my world”, everything was worse. Everybody had to submit to the humiliation and degradation from position of defenceless against it and lack of means [in the presence of fear] of stopping it. [There was] No feeling of respect for people’s opinions [no opinions allowed] but imprisonment and condemnation.”

This was the life under dictatorship. The word respect had very limited relevance (respect to your closest family) but as far as the rest goes....respect towards your oppressors? Towards a strangers, a neighbour, anyone, who could have been building his career by informing on you?

We come from different worlds and we do not share the same sensibilities.

FIGMENT - 5 Feb 2010 // 01:07:35


"With all her pretentiousness, pompous pronouncements and judgmental postings, she's in no position to command respect. More like a spoiled child."

Respect is overrated. Anybody can get respect this day and age, even the most depraved nigger and every terrorist screw ball. Who wants respect when he can elicit flashes of white-hot anger, contempt and loathing? I would rather pump up your blood pressure than get respect from the likes of you, viking and fistula. lol

Rollingstoned - 5 Feb 2010 // 00:54:37


Maybe that's due to us respecting them and their opinions and we don't respect yours.

Have you ever thought of that possibility?

I didn't think so.

Bill - 5 Feb 2010 // 00:49:09


Nellie and WW continuosly state their oninions, and nobody gives them a bit of complaint, but if I post an opinion it gets slammed from all sides.

All I ask is the right to post my opinion with as much impunity as they can theirs.

FIGMENT - 5 Feb 2010 // 00:32:30


If I wanted to puke diplomatic nonsense and sugarcoat reality with white lies I would be working for the EU or the UN. I like to cause shock and awe with my posts, and apparently I am very good at it.

Now piss off.

viking - 5 Feb 2010 // 00:29:50


"insult and degradation from a position of defenseless against it and lack of means of stopping it." What?
All you have to do is go away and it all stops!
"Ignore or go away"; I told you that years ago and you are still here complaining about being picked on. Ignor the Pigment and even WW, but stop the complaints.

WW will always have my respect. period!

Rollingstoned - 5 Feb 2010 // 00:26:31

""You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish."


May I kindly suggest that you stop listening to REO Speedwagon.

"Bubble Gum Rock" will rot your brain!

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