The Vanishing of honey bees across the world has drawn some very serious attention from scientists and farmers, but most of us go through our day to day lives without ever thinking of the consequences of a dying population of tiny creatures that are literally responsible for delivering us 1/3 of our food.
Albert Einstein said that “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”
We should all be very concerned. This should be top story and top priority, outlawing pesticides and genetically modified food until we have solid evidence that it is not the problem. Instead, we are guessing that it probably has something to do with it, but we don't really know, and we have billions of dollars invested in these chemicals, so let's just wait it out...
Honey bee colonies can be vibrant one minute, and completely decimated withing 3 hours. In the trailer a bee keeper said that when one colony died in the past, another would take over and move in, but now when a colony dies, the bee hive remain empty even if there are other colonies close by. They know something is wrong.
(Image of a dead honey bee colony)Some scientists believe that the pesticides we have been spraying on our crops has somehow weakened the immune system of the honey bees, so when a normal bee disease comes up, they can no longer fight it off. For now it is a mystery, but a ton of money should be thrown at this to figure it out, with egos set aside.
Our entire food supply is hanging by a thread, and only a few giant corporations are holding onto it. That should scare us. So what can we do? Support local organic farmers by going to farmer's markets, and raise the issue with politicians by contacting them directly and signing petitions. You can also host a screening of this movie with your friends (buy the DVD for for $11.99 on their website).
I'm looking forward to the day we figure it out- hopefully that day will come sooner than later :)