Beekeepers are ‘going underground’ after the Illinois Ag Dept. stole bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram. Rather than wait three weeks for a court case in which he would have a chance to prove that they were not sick, two obediant servants of the department entered his property when he was not there, and deliberately destroyed 15 years of his research.
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.
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 from the hives they didn’t steal have mysteriously died after Kivikko and Balson “inspected” his property.
For the past 15 years, Ingram has been conducting research on the effects of Round-Up on honeybees. He feels he had accumulated the necessary data to document the fact that Round-Up was not only the cause of his bees dying, but also possibly the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This all fits in with other recent Monsanto actions, for example, Monsanto buys leading bee research firm after being implicated in bee colony collapse .
Much more about this incident and Ingram’s research, including a video interview with him, at Prairie Advocate News.
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