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    Our efforts are focused to save the pollinators who, despite their stingers, are here to help the world. If we lose the bees it will mean an end to over one third of the food provided by the planet, as well as the existence of mankind altogether. This issue is one our generation needs to understand. That is the only way we will remain.

    Let's begin with the problems root, Genetically Modified Organisms.

    "A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans." (Google, 2014) 

    GMO's were released into the markets by a company called Monsanto around the middle of the 1990's to counter a world problem, world hunger. Problem is, Monsanto wasn't fixing the problem, they added to it. In a sense they had a good idea: making food grow to its maximum potential as well as remain unharmed by diseases, weeds, and pests. The issue with their claim is that there is in fact plenty of food to sustain this earth, it all rests on improper distribution. It isn't possible to grow foods in certain area's as well as the issue of shipping it (without it going bad) into the third world countries where it isn't available. 

    Now, GMO's don't allow insects to feed on or damage the organism. What they didn't realize is every insect isn't out to hurt the organism. When a bee lands on these genetically modified organisms to pollinate the plant, they gain a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder or CCD. CCD is when worker bees disappear and die off, meaning the entire hive falls apart with their absence. When they are genetically modifying the genes of seeds, they introduce neonicotinoids (often called neonics) that disrupts a bees natural pattern and causes it to become confused as to where its hive is located. Bees not only lose a home when they can't find its hive, they lose their life as well. There are strength in numbers, never alone. 

    We need your help in restoring the bee population, and like a bee without the hive, we can't do it alone. Hive apparel donates now all of incoming profits to save the bees to the U of M Bee lab, to a specific division called the Bee Squad. They specialize their efforts in education of recent bee decline and how to maintain a hive of your own so you can help change the outcome that this planet will eventually have to deal with. 

    Donate today at https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad



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