Terry Ingram’s bee hives were taken from his property by the state of Illinois. According to the Organic View,
“Terry Ingram is a well-educated farmer who holds degrees in physics and math, with minors in history, biology and education. He has been farming for over 50 years, has been a beekeeper, apiary instructor and bee researcher for over 56 years.”
Mr. Ingram had 15 years worth of research with his bees. He had worked hard at cultivating a bee that was possibly resistant to Monsanto’s Round Up pesticide. The department of Illinois Agriculture came to Mr. Ingram’s property when he was not present. They had no search warrant, and declared his bees had a disease called foulbrood. Mr. Ingram was prepared to prove, in court, his bees did not have the foulbrood disease. About a month before a court hearing, the Department of Agriculture came unannounced and seized most his bees. Of the bees that were removed from his property, they included the bees that were possibly resistant to Round Up. At first, Mr. Ingram thought the bees had been stolen, but while in court, Mr. Ingram asked a member of the Department of Agriculture if they had taken the bees. The Department of Agriculture agreed that they had taken the bees before their legal counsel could advise them not to answer the question. After admitting in court they took the bees, they claim they did not know what happened to them.
According to Mr. Ingram, during the court hearing, a member of the Department of Agriculture declared that a hive box that hadn’t contained bees in several years actually contained bees with the foulbrood disease. Mr. Ingram showed the court the hive box had been covered with vines, and the vines had not been removed from the hive box. No inspection had taken place of the empty hive box. You can see a full 16 minute interview with Mr. Ingram here.
Mr. Ingram thinks it is possible that the bees were turned over to the biotech giant, Monsanto for research. It is odd that the Department of Agriculture’s practices are eerily similar to Monsanto’s practices of searching farms for their genetically modified seeds. Which includes coming on to farmers property without notification,or search warrants, and taking samples of crops without farmers present. Monsanto has such a hold on our food supply. They continue to buy seed companies around the world. Lately, Monsanto has been under attack for the disappearance of the honey bee. Could it be that Monsanto who makes seeds that work with Round Up pesticide will now try to make bees to go with their seeds and pesticide?
Whether or not Monsanto is involved in Mr. Ingram’s case remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, there are plenty of oddities in this case. Beekeepers in Illinois are threatening to not register their hives as required by law for fear of what happened to Mr. Ingram. With damaging pesticides causing population of the honey bee to dwindle, intimidation of American bee farmers is not going to help revive the honey bee populace.
Questionable practices by the Department of Agriculture.
- Several unannounced visits to Mr. Ingram’s property.
- No search warrants ever presented to Mr. Ingram.
- Searches of beehives executed without Mr. Ingram present.
- Bees confiscated by Department of Agriculture without notification to Mr. Ingram.
- No accountability for the whereabouts of the bees.
Sources: Mercola, Global Research