Protect Bees from Toxic Chemicals and GMOs

Target: Enrique Martínez y Martínez, Secretary of Agriculture for Mexico with the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA)

Goal: Call on the Secretary to uphold a judge’s recent decision to revoke Monsanto’s permit to plant genetically modified soy across Mexico on the grounds that such crops pose a great threat to bees

Thousands of families in Mexico depend on beekeeping for their livelihoods. The Yucatán peninsula is home to a thriving honey industry, with much of the final product bound for European markets. So when Monsanto, one of the world’s largest producers of chemicals and genetically modified (GM) crops, sought a permit to farm huge swaths of land communities responded with understandable outrage. They pushed back through the courts where ultimately a judge decided that based on all the evidence available Monsanto’s GM crops were simply too great a threat. The company’s permit was revoked.

Monsanto has engineered numerous crops to be resistant to its “Roundup” brand herbicide. These crops can survive repeated dousing with chemicals normally deadly to plant life, leading to an increased use of Roundup while polluting the water and soil. The company insists its products are completely safe, and has lobbied aggressively against any efforts to restrict its activities in the United States, Mexico and around the world.

The Guardian reports that even after thousands of Mexican farmers, scientists and activists protested Monsanto’s proposed farming regulators granted permits for the company to begin planting more than 600,000 acres of GM soybeans. A district judge in Yucatán revoked the permit for several reasons: namely, because contamination from GM pollen could cost Mexico its European honey market; and because herbicides like Roundup have been linked to the decline of bee colonies around the world.

Mexico’s agriculture ministry, SAGARPA, approved Monsanto’s permit once before. The company will almost certainly appeal the move to halt its soy production there. Call on SAGARPA to uphold the judge’s decision and protect Mexico’s bees from deadly chemicals and corporate greed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Martínez y Martínez,

Your agency has approved Monsanto’s farming of more than 600,000 acres of GM soybeans. As noted in the Guardian, this approval flew in the face of recommendations from the Mexican National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas and the National Institute of Ecology as well as thousands of Mayan farmers. I am grateful that a Yucatán district judge ruled to revoke this permit, and call on you to uphold this common-sense decision.

The Mexican honey industry would be devastated by an influx of GM crops. European markets would likely refuse to accept honey tainted with GM pollen, and there is much scientific evidence to show that herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. Please, take a stand to protect Mexico’s bees and uphold the decision to prevent Monsanto from farming GM soy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Julia Wilkins via Wikimedia Commons

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7 Comments

  1. Dave Voisey says:

    I may be a UK citizen but this is a world wide problem.

  2. Stan Benton says:

    I’m glad this petition calls for stopping the planting of GMOs, at least in Mexico. It’s time to stop the planting of GMOs all over the world, and save the humans, not just the bees.

  3. Tonia Deur says:

    Can u imagine the desolation of a world without bees? Or worse, imagine those pesticides and GMOs somehow alter the bees genetically? Impossible? Do you know for sure?

  4. linda pink says:

    GMO is too powerful to be stopped. The regulation allowed it as well. It’s the consumer who can stop it. We as consumers have power to stop this but there are many ignorant consumers who are not aware of this danger.

  5. Jane Morrow says:

    Keep your gross GM crops to yourself. Save the bees, save the livelihoods of the Mexican honey producers, respect Nature, save the planet.

  6. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  7. Irena Franchi says:

    Protect Bees from Toxic Chemicals and GMOs.

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