Genetically modified corn is the culprit in the disappearance of honeybees, according to a theory offered by a beekeeping expert, says Salon. In a German study, the corn itself, which contains built-in pesticides, didn't kill the bees, but it seems to have damaged their intestines, making them vulnerable to parasites.
The killer corn thery hasn't gotten much respect in the U.S., but has enjoyed wide play in the German media. A note of caution from Salon's Andrew Leonard:
Since bees are dying on several continents, it would be a reach to conclude that the GM corn— rare in Germany but common in the U.S.—could be the lone bee-killer. (Read more bees stories.)