No evidence that GMO mustard would harm India’s honeybees

Contrary to the unsubstantiated… rumors on the ill-effects of barnase-barstar GM mustard technology on honey bees, the South Asia Biotechnology Centre reconfirms that the health and foraging ability of honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations will not be affected by the pollen of GM mustard. GM mustard is likely to have beneficial effects on honey bees population…

…The AFES and GM mustard studies reassuringly establish that no significant difference was observed for honey bees foraging on the GM and non-GM mustard… “no expression [of the introduced proteins] is detected in the pollen. As a consequence, the exposure of the pollinating insects to these protein is likely to be negligible”, revealed in the AFES report.

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Notably, farmers in Australia, Canada and USA have been benefiting from growing GM canola… since 1996… “No significant adverse effects of GM canola on pollinators, honey bees and honey production have ever been reported by these countries in the last 20 years”, stated Dr. CD Mayee, a renowned pathologist and the President of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre.


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