In one of those story lines, pesticides are the culprit. . . .
The other story is that the bees are fine. . . .
The pesticide side cites research showing that neonicotinoids kill bees. . . . But it ignores the fact that the risk to bees depends on the crop, . . . The bees-are-fine side shows . . . the number of colonies has held steady. . . . But it ignores the fact that. . . total colony number is stable only because beekeepers are replacing colonies. . .
. . . .[P]esticides matter. . . [says] May Berenbaum, [entomologist]. . . The problem, though, isn’t limited to one class of insecticides. . . . By contrast, “varroa is a horrible nightmare. It has not been captured by the media just how disastrous it has been.”
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“Instead of. . . trying to make headlines,” says Jason Clay, . . . of [the World Wildlife Fund], the WWF approaches the stakeholders and tries to . . . identify common ground. . . .
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Clay says that when issues like this play out in the media. . . “It will be a shouting match from here to eternity. Meanwhile, the bee populations aren’t doing any better.”
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