National Beekeeper Begins Fight

Inspired by The New York Times report of soaring bee deaths in 2012, America’s “National Beekeeper” is embarking on a heroic mission to save the bees. Darren Cox—who was awarded the prestigious title by the American Honey Producers Association earlier this year—says his first step will be stopping colony collapse disorder. “This winter [we experienced] the largest die-off of bees ever in the history of the United States,” Cox reported. The fourth-generation beekeeper seems well equipped for the task, currently running 5,000 hives across the nation.