Honey Wars in New Zealand

Honey wars: crime and killings in New Zealand’s booming manuka industry – The Guardian

An extraordinary rise in the popularity of manuka honey has led to mass poisonings of bees, thefts, vandalism and beatings. Photo: Jessie Casson for the Guardian

“I feel so bad for the beekeepers today,” says Bill, who returned from the second world war with the sole ambition of building up his hives. “It has become so nasty now, I don’t like to think about it. The sweetness has gone.”