Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens

26th May 2012


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.

Read the full report at Prairie Advocate News.

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  • Mike Lentsch

    I do believe that Monsanto is one of the most belligerently corrupt corporations in the world. Next to the MOST belligerently corrupt corporation in the world, the US Gov, of whom their in bed with.

    The revolving door of the EPA/FDA/USDA/FCC, etc. with corporate employees becoming government officials, and then back to corporate employee MUST be stopped! They’re killing us in the name of the bottom line, and the bottom line ONLY!

    We have to WAKE UP and demand accountability from our elected officials and judges, who seem to exist only to assist big business… who BRIBE them!!

    It’s so clear, that it’s literally insane that we’ve allowed it to get to this point. Stop watching television (propaganda arm of the corpocrasy) and educate yourself.

    Collectively, we have the power to change the “System”. The biggest impact we can have is with our money. Spend Wisely!! Know who’s who and vote with your pocketbook (the only thing they care about) and watch them change their ways.

  • Mark Ostrom


    • Scaredypants

      I guess they want nobody except them to be grow food so then they are in control.
      They are Evil beyond belief. How come Obama isnt stopping them? Theya re trying to get GM crap in our country now. ( UK) We have to fight this all the way

      • Jaded girl

        Obama isn’t stopping them because he’s a slave to the corporate machine just like every politician.

        • JagerBaBomb

          Obama’s not stopping them for the same reason you aren’t–it would take a group of people close to the inner circle of Monsanto to do so. A coup, if you will. He’s more or less just the cheer leader for the country. Were he to step in, assume control of this private corporation, essentially nationalizing it, can you imagine the calls for blood that would ensue, particularly from the right? No, that’s just not possible. Keep in mind also–Monsanto is INTERNATIONAL. America only has so much leverage over them. This is why all of the dystopian sci-fi literature of the last thirty to forty years has predicted a future in which governments take a backseat to corporations. Because that’s honestly the direction we’re heading in.

          • Joe Kennedy

            Monsanto is only able to do what they do with the help of federal and state politicians. Don’t give Oblamer a pass on this. His DOJ could get this straightened out tomorrow but he doesn’t because he won’t. He and all the rest of these clowns know where their money comes from. Bet these two “inspectors” who shut him down are looking for an eventual career in Monsanto land.

          • Lucia

            I completely agree with you, unless we change the laws and curtail the rights the corporations have, actually they only have rights and no obligations, this we should change and it should be done internationally. Our puppet political regimes, unfortunately a global phenomena, is certainly not up for this task they can’t bite the hand which feeds them (let alone bought them and is able to sell them too). So who or what would it take to do this (revolution, being a thing of the past before they invented I-phones, i-pads and the world became full of i-ass centered people, completely addicted to i-shit and other wifi-toys). The only thing i can think of is a major take-over from other players who also want a piece of the cake and than how many crumbs of the cake will be left for us. We have stood by and watched generation after generation, while they little by little made us redundant. They can grow us in tubes, clone us, give us the exact genetical profile they need, so at any given time they can thin the herd or completely destroy it. They don’t need us anymore as a breeding ground not as a workforce (nearly every job nowadays can be done by robots/a.i,computers,and if and where they would need people, they would just clone one tailored for the job). As sad as it is, it has come to this, i wonder in a distant future how the than ruling species would describe us individually, something like; yes there were great ones, some very smart, great writers, some made beautifull things but we have to face the fact that as a collective, other times not excluded but especially in these days, there is one main trait which could describe us… utter stupidity!!

      • Genevive

        You are so RIGHT. Keep them the hell out. They have done nothing but terrorize our farmers, buy our legislation, and ruin our lands, produce pesticide restistant insects and stronger weeds, and alter our wildlife (including the loss of our bees).
        Don’t give up the fight, because once those slimebags are IN they seem to be able to stay that way.

      • dc23

        obama can’t stop them because he’s in bed with them, too. It will be up to the people to demand that this be stopped.

      • Rene

        Don’t hold your breath on Obama. He’s securely in bed with Monsanto. Twenty years ago today, Americans lost their basic right to know what’s in their food. On May 29, 1992, the FDA adopted the scientifically dubious policy of “substantial equivalence” that declared that crops genetically engineered in laboratories were exactly the same as crops that had been traditionally bred, as farmers have done for thousands of years.

        With this single policy, crafted behind closed doors, Americans were denied the basic right to know what we’re eating and feeding our families. The policy was announced on May 26, 1992 by then Vice President Dan Quayle as a part of the White House Council on Competitiveness in an effort to “resist the spread of unnecessary regulations” on the new “science” of genetic engineering.

        This policy of “substantial equivalence” for genetically engineered crops was crafted by Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lawyer, hired by the FDA for the newly created position of deputy commissioner of policy specifically to help Monsanto’s new GMO technology avoid efforts to require adequate safety testing and labeling. Unfortunately, not much has changed, today he’s back at the FDA as the new food safety czar for the Obama administration.

        Sadly, twenty years later, America is still saddled with this dangerously out of touch and politically motivated policy.

        This fall, you can help push for GMO labeling by helping FoodDemocracyNow pass the California Right to Know 2012 ballot initiative. Monsanto is pouring money into stopping this initiative from reaching the ballot.

      • Li

        This is the question…!!!! Why in fact did President Obama appoint Head Lobbyist for and Vice-President of Monsanto to head the FDA? Why President Obama Why? How nice that Mrs. Obama has an organic Victory Garden at The White House what about the rest of the Organic farmers and what about the future of food and the honeybee?

      • Mike

        Obama signed the “Monsanto protection act” You think he gives a ratts as about us? No he does not. He’s in bed with Monsanto. He signed the bill giving Monsanto free reign from any law-suits. Go figure

  • Joshua Edel

    Great article, thanks for posting this.

  • More power to the bee keepers! What evil lurks in the corporo-political state, heavily influenced by the evil Monsanto.

  • Chris Hemmings

    Um, I’m with you folks on a range of issues like being anti GM and pro Bee health. But Roundup, albeit there are other effects emerging, is used as a herbicide not an insecticide so why look at “Bees resistant to Roundup”?

    • Therese

      If Roundup can kill our genes etc why do you think it will do no harm to bees ?

      • lef

        Just to reiterate Chris’ point, Roundup is a herbicide, which means it kills plants. It’s mode of action is to block the synthesis of some amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Animals like humans and bees DO NOT make these particular amino acids, we get them from plants. So it can’t harm us in the way it harms plants. Likewise, it has an LD50 (the amount needed to kill 1/2 of those treated) of about 4000 mg/kg of body mass in mammals. That would be a whopping dose, and makes it far safer than many household chemical and “natural” compounds like nicotine and strychnine. There are studies about the LD50 of Roundup on bees, they were unable to find the real LD50 because they WERE UNABLE TO ADMINISTER ENOUGH ROUNDUP TO KILL 1/2 THE BEES. So all bees are “resistant” to Roundup, and for this reason any colony of bees taken by anyone for any reason could be construed as the heist of a Roundup resistant colony.

    • Sunday

      Bees are one of the more delicate indicators of our ecosystem, along with amphibians. Herbicides can be harmful to more than just plants. If the bees are resistant, it means that they are perfect for agricultural uses. In fields and orchards where you have controlled unwanted growth with Roundup, you still need to pollinate your crops. If the bees are sensitive, they will die before doing the work.

      So there’s your explanation…. Monsanto breeds these bees they stole, and they can sell them. Or, these bees compete with their own research and designed bees and thus are destroyed for being competition.

    • Genevive

      Numerous articles I have read indicate the bees ARE in fact sensitive to all the chemicals that are used in our farming industry. This crap is harmful to them, as are the insecticides.

    • Andy Hawkins

      While the headline is misleading the article clearly states “Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees,”

      With colonies collapsing around the world it makes perfect sense to me to look into the world biggest chemical producers products to see if its behind itin any way.

    • Damiana

      Because evidence has been showing up that the major honey bee die off worldwide was caused at least in part by, you guessed it, Roundup.

    • RioSam

      They DO NOT want bees that are resistant to Roundup. They are killing off as many bees as possible by using the GMO seeds containing an insecticide.
      No bees = no field grown food
      No food = depopulation
      and that’s the bottom line to the whole deal..

    • Felicia

      I’m not totally clear on details, but the bees can pollinate plants & Monsanto doesnt want you to save seeds. From my understanding, if the bees spread their “product” via pollon

  • David McElroy

    A stinging rebuke to justice by Illinois! They couldn’t risk being exposed in court, so they seize and destroy evidence. This is seemingly a government standard practice these days, due process be damned! America is as doomed as the honeybees, as we are all being poisoned by toxic corporate assets, and many of them are lawyers!

  • Susan

    This is AWFUL-!!!

  • Jene L. McCovey

    I am Native American. This is not new. Several times, so many we usually become numb and not react. Not me. Who are local, state and federal agency officials on this watch? Who in Monsanto has received request for information via the FIA regarding the kill off of bees? The die off of bees has had devastating effects for farmers for a long time. Don’t let Monsanto or government officials get away with these thefts and genocide. GENOCIDE because if we cannot produce food, WE will STARVE !.

  • Maria Keown

    sounds like Monsanto got wind of surviving competition and needed the bees for testing so they can come up with yet another chemical to kill them all off, since the colony collapse disorder didn’t do the job completely.

    • dc23

      No. They kill off the bees so that cross pollination of organic and non-GMO crops can not be done.

  • Mick

    In response to Chris Hemmings, comment #5, the reason is bees (and other pollinators) come into contact with Round-Up treated plants. Round-Up readily penetrates their bodies on contact, and is also in the pollen which they take back to their hives. Sort of like those ant traps which are designed to destroy the ant colony when the ants bring back the poison, and the colony subsequently feeds upon it. Make sense?

    • Felicia

      Isn’t it also something about not wanting people to “save their seeds” and if the bees bring stuff back, Monsanto can come in and sue you for stealing their product?? Which is TOTALLY crazy…..They don’t want the bees bringing their product to your garden/trees/plants/etc…Allowing you to benefit, basically for free, right??? They don’t want the bees to be able to do that, so they can force you to buy their product, they want to be THE ONLY WAY you obtain anything, is that right??? I’m sorry, kinda behind on the doing’s of Monsanto. I detest them, no doubt, just dusty on their reasoning, they change them so often… >:[

  • annmar

    Sue the sh!t out of them before there is no Constitution left to do it under.

  • Derrik

    Once you control Bees you single handily control the worlds food supply!

    This is all been for told 2000 years ago!
    You wont be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast (666) or bar code!! Better get right with the man up stairs !!! You cant stop whats coming!

  • Peter Sherinian

    First of all there are some facts that need to be specified. The woman who did the inspecting did it incorrectly. She said she had 12 years of experience. If that is true then she would have known when she inspected these bees that the adults cannot get this disease. Because of the time of year at the time she inspected these hives they only had adult bees in them. She claims the bees were lethargic. Well that would be correct, because of the time of year they slow down. So 2 mistakes were made. She was looking at adult bees and she was dealing with a disease that affects young bees. Again she claims to have had 12 years of experience but her experience must have been faulty for all those years, because she did not learn to correctly inspect these hives. As for Monsanto corporation it is run by the most arrogant SOB I have ever met. His company actions are a direct result of his personality that he uses to control this company. He believes that he is above the law, and his company can do what ever it wants.

    • Mentor

      If we start noticing these corporate devils disappearing one by one, then their lobbyists, then the lawmakers on the take, then maybe the slow wheels of change for the good of mankind may start picking up speed.

  • A grass-roots consumer email initiative called GMO Free USA started just 2 weeks ago by one angry Connecticut mom, already has about 1,000 members from all over the country. Like the Vermont GMO labeling bill, the CT bill died after Monsanto threatened to sue the state. I’m fed up with corporate bullies and the FDA. We have a right to know what’s in our food. The goal is to get 5,000 members on board and then we’ll bombard one food manufacturer a week with individual emails… we’ll ask if they’re using genetically modified ingredients, express concern about their safety and give them an earful. It won’t take but a minute a week to copy and paste an email. I hope you’ll join us and spread the word. The group can be found on Facebook, as well as in Yahoo groups for those not on FB. Here are the links:

    …because you have a right to know what’s in your food. If the FDA won’t label it, WE WILL. Thank you, WAKE UP WORLD… Keep up the great work!

    Diana Reeves
    (one angry Connecticut mom)

  • Wildscribbler

    You may recall the big bee die-off of the last couple years. Roundup is suspect by some of being the cause of that die-off. If all the bees die, the effects on our eco-system will be far reaching.

  • Apis

    Hi I’m a beekeeper and I would like to make some points regarding this article.
    1. It sounds to me like the county inspector in this case doesn’t know what she’s doing. You don’t inspect hives in the winter (because it may kill them) and if you have a hive w/ foulbrood it must be torched on the spot. Taking the hive risks spreading foulbrood.
    2. County beekeepers make 2k/year and don’t have enough gas money to inspect most the hives in their county. They really don’t have enough power to be corrupt (they’re appointed usually). To think that these are the people that Monsanto would “bribe” to steal disease resistant hives is laughable.
    3. Why would Monsanto choose Indiana as a place to threaten apiary practice? I’m pretty tied into the bee community in Ohio and if monsanto had any ties in beekeeping I would know about it.
    Conclusion- It sounds like there is a conflict b/t this beekeeper and his county inspector- it sounds like the inspector made mistakes or possibly stole the bees. The beekeeper himself made no connection b/t monsanto and the “roundup resistant” bees disappearance. I’ve never read more paranoid babel than in this comment section. Don’t drag your bullsh*t monsanto paranoia into an issue you don’t know anything about and doesn’t have anything with the original problem.

  • Arthur

    This is a really vague article. I want to be outraged like the rest of the comments, but there is simply just not enough to say about it. WHO knows how this REALLY went down? We all well know how sensational these things get. And when writer of an article fails to put in those grim details (the ones to convince me), I gotta call “BS”.

  • Brian

    Here are the phone numbers of the inspectors!!!