Monday, July 8, 2013

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens

By Global Research News
Global Research, May 24, 2013

The Illinois Ag Dept.  illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News.

Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years.  “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of his stock.

A certified letter from the Ag Dept.’s Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Steven D. Chard, stated:

“During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….”

Ingram can prove his bees did not have foulbrood, and planned to do so at a hearing set in April, but the state seized his bees at the end of March. They have not returned them and no one at the Ag Dept. seems to know where his bees are.

The bees could have been destroyed, or they could have been turned over to Monsanto to ascertain why some of his bees are resistant to Roundup. Without the bees as evidence, Ingram simply cannot defend against the phony charges of foulbrood.

Worse, all his queens died after Kivikko and Balson “inspected” his property, outside of his presence and without a warrant.

Of note, Illinois beekeepers are going underground after Ingram’s experience and refuse to register their hives, in case the state tries to steal their private property on phony claims.


  1. Roundup is the same as Agent Orange

  2. Quite Seriously -

    Anyone who's got the ear of the Galactics, should put in a request on behalf of all humanity to ask them to do with Monsanto what the Galactics are said to have done with some military installations:

    Disarm their destructive capabilities so they can't destroy everyone and everything in their path.

    True, they may say "Nope, we can't do that... free will and all"-

    But at least they will have been alerted that we're not just sitting on our 'brains' waiting 'til a (totally avoidable) planet-wide nutritional disaster happens.

  3. With all due respect..this fellow's accounting and understanding of honey bee biology..and particularly seriously mistaken and confused.

    However..after keeping bees myself for over 50 years..I realize that there are a great many beekeepers out there with similar levels of well as the tendency to see bee inspections and confiscation due to some sort of conspiratorial activity on the part of regulatory agencies.

    To keep this simple though..American Foulbrood (AFB) is a serious and highly contageous disease affecting bees which if left untreated or not eradicated in serious cases..threatens all honey bee hives and wild colonies for miles around. It's not unlike Anthrax is to cattle..and contrary to this gentleman's understanding..forms spores that are potentially infective for dacades if not longer. It is irresponsible to other beekeepers to allow AFB to develop in one's beehives..which is the reeason that bee inspection and eradication programs were instituted almost 100 years ago in States like Illinois. Since inspections began..some serious epidemics of bee disease have been reversed..all over the U.S.

    When this fellow decided to keep bees initially (regardless of how long ago that was) he should have been aware when he registered his hives..that if bee diseases were found..and if he didn't address the problems himself..the bee inspectors would. Also..if AFB was confirmed by the USDA from samples taken from his hives..that is probably enough grounds for inspectors to act on it..without need for search al.

    For the sake of all beekeepers now..and in the future..we all need to take greater responsibility for our actions..and not simply look for excuses..or others to blame for our own inadequacies. My sympathies to this beekeeper for his losses..but would suggest he suck-it-up..and get on with his beekeeping.


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