February 20, 2023
In Stockbenboi, Austria, in the state of Carinthia, a law favors light-colored local bees, those honey producers judged “too dark” risk eradication. Sandro Huter was determined to defend his bees, facing a looming death sentence. “My bees were too dark,” Mr. Huter recalled being told. “Leather brown-orange,” the inspector wrote in the state’s report. Mr. Huter would have to replace his dark queens with light-gray ones to conform with the local law. Mr. Huter refused, and this is where the story gets really interesting...
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Original story by Denise Hruby on the New York Times – Date Feb. 9, 2023. Photo of Carniolan honey bee by Dejan Hudoletnjak.
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