Like a Bad B-Movie

Black is not bad


If you’ve followed the news recently you’ve probably heard of efforts worldwide to try to create techno-bees, mechanical/computerized replacements for the real thing. The reason is that, as most people are aware, the bees we use most to pollinate our crops are suffering huge die-offs globally due to a malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). What precisely is at fault has been hotly debated, but many in the know believe that a large, if not the largest culprit is our profligate use of pesticides, particularly by farmers. In this case the pesticides are of a class known as neonicotinoids. But as so often happens, politics and vested interests have threatened to upend efforts to phase out these killing chemicals. In January, the Rusty Patch Bumblebee, another pollinator, this one on the verge of extinction, was listed as endangered by the outgoing Obama administration. Soon there after, though, Trump

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