There’s a new documentary out about bees that you’ll want to see if you’re into the little buggers — and who isn’t? More Than Honey, which is currently showing in New York City, and will travel to theaters around the country in July, is quite possibly the most lavishly filmed insect flick ever…
“If bees were to disappear from the globe,” Albert Einstein is said to have mused, “mankind would have four years left to live.” These words, quoted in the film, could be prophetic: Bees are dying in record numbers, for reasons scientists don’t fully understand.
Given the fact that agrochemicals are high on the list of known villains, writer/director Markus Imhoof could have produced an apocalyptic rant about how the chemical-agricultural complex is cynically poisoning our pollinators to hustle a quick buck. But he offers us something better, and more memorable: a work of art and, at moments, breathtaking loveliness.
Even though we 'know' what is killing them, it still needs proof. I just read a report in my science magazine about one of the proven things killing bees. It seems that when they are exposed to nicotinides, (not sure of the spelling), and a couple more insecticides which I don't remember, they become weakened, and very susceptible to the fungus that has been found in the dead colonies. I couldn't find the article, so cannot quote it. But at least the research is ongoing. I doubt it will help the bees, though. Monsanto and their ilk have too much to lose and everything to gain by sweeping this under the rug.
I am sure furthering research into the 'great bat die-off' will produce the same results.
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