In a fight between environmentalists and farmers, the bees lose. And that stings.

by Tamar Haspel

Tamar Haspel Photo: Washington Post

Bees have it rough. It’s not enough that they have to deal with bloodsucking varroa mites, a host of diseases and pathogens, disappearing habitat and a variety of agricultural chemicals designed to kill insects. They have also become pawns in the ag wars, the subject of dueling bee-death narratives.