Bee populations have declined over the last couple decades, coinciding with environmental destruction, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) agriculture. Last year, fears of Zika virus opened the corporate window for a cacophony of poisons.
Those ultimately sprouted a spray-plane program to eliminate a specific mosquito species known to transmit Zika. However, the spraying was not only met with stiff protests, but human health complaints. In one state, millions of bees were wiped out by Zika pesticides, igniting calls for endangered species protections.
That just happened, and Trump makes this move some are calling illegal. That claim is the basis of a lawsuit against the administration over it threatening bee protections. Filed by the National Resources Defense Council (NSDC), it decries these actions.