Environment: Bee's Killer

An unexpected sting

The Pedigree of Honey Does not concern the Bee— A Clover, any time, to him, Is Aristocracy.

—Emily Dickinson

That, alas, is precisely the problem. Now roughly a century after that flight of poetic fancy, clover and, indeed, a host of other crops have been laced with a chemical pesticide that may threaten the blissful honeybee with extinction. The culprit is methyl parathion, which has been used to combat pests like the boll weevil, scourge of the cotton fields. But methyl parathion is highly dangerous stuff. Only a dab will...

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