U.S. Government bans GMOs, pesticides on wildlife preserves

WildlifePreserveGMObanThe U.S. Government is in the process of creating a safer place for bees and other wildlife by phasing out most agricultural pesticides implicated in mass die-offs of pollinators on wildlife preserves by 2016. In addition,  genetically modified seeds and plants will be banned from refuges.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Refuge System encompasses 150 million acres across the nation.

The new restrictions made public in a FWS memo, call for the total banning of neonicotinoid nerve poisons that comprise 40 percent of the global pesticide market. Numerous scientific studies around the world since the mass bee die-offs (colony collapse disorder)  became glaringly obvious in 2006, have conclusively determined that neonicotinoids are harmful to bees, birds, fish and mammals.

No mention of neonicotinoids and GMOs possibley being harmful to human mammals was made.

Neonicotinoid nerve poisons penetrate every part of the plant, including pollen and nectar pollinators feed on, and that “is not consistent with service policy,” according to the memo by James Kurth, chief of the Fish and Wildlife Refuge System.

But FWS goes further than the pesticide ban; it also prohibits the use of GMO seeds to grow plants to feed wildlife. An FWS spokesperson declined to comment on why GMOs are not acceptable for wildlife–but are apparently perfectly acceptable for us mere humans, and the pigs, poultry and beef food animals that have it crammed down their throats when they’d rather have bugs, roots and grass.

Furth, however, cited existing agency policy, and bureaucratically explained, “We do not use genetically modified organisms in refuge management unless we determine their use is essential to accomplish refuge purpose(s). We have successfully accomplished refuge purposes over the last two years without (GMOs); therefore, it is no longer (necessary) to say their use is essential to meet wildlife management objectives.”

Well, no kidding. After all, fish, mammals, birds, bees and butterflies for the last thousands of millenniums never thought GMOs were “essential,” either.

Meanwhile, here in the U.S., neonicotinoid-soaked GM corn and soy fields dominate the fields of the Midwest to feed us humble humans and livestock. I guess for us, GMOs are “essential.”

Source: http://healthydebates.com

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