The Pollinators

For those of you that are looking for more ways to get the word out about the honey bee crisis, you may want to check out “The Pollinators.” The new documentary goes into detail on the existence of the honey bee and its importance to our food supply. The film does not hold back on the urgency of this problem to be addressed and corrected ASAP.

Here is a brief excerpt…

SUSAN KEGLEY: Bees are so fascinating. When you first go into a beehive, you’re like worried about getting stung. And then, as soon as you start watching them and seeing them on the combs communicating with each other, it’s just so fascinating, so complex. And it mostly works, until we get in the way of it.

SAMUEL RAMSEY: Populations of honey bees are dying at levels that are unprecedented and very concerning. Close to half of the colonies in the U.S. are dying every single year.

DAVE HACKENBERG: Native pollinators have disappeared, and farming has become a lot bigger. And so, due to all this, you know, now we need beekeepers that can move bees from one place to the other.

BILL McKIBBEN: We can learn a good deal from bees about the health of the landscapes that we inhabit, and we can learn a good deal about the folly of setting up our agriculture in quite the way that we have.

DAN BARBER: Agriculture is an interruption of a natural system, but it can be done thoughtfully as an interruption of a natural system with great benefits.

DAVEY HACKENBERG: It’s going to take 20, 30 years for that ground to get back in the shape it was to sustain life for all these wild insects, birds and fowl and everything else.

LUCAS CRISWELL: Protecting the land around us, protecting the soil under us is really our obligation. And from that, we get delicious, nourishing products.

DAVEY HACKENBERG: We’ve been pollinating fruits and vegetables and nuts for — since the ’70s, ’60s, ’50s, and we haven’t had these kind of losses. We’re not bad beekeepers; we’re just trying to hang onto our business.

It is an outstanding film and one that I would encourage everyone to watch, if, for nothing else, the incredible photography. For those of us in the fight, it will endorse everything we have been saying for years. For those that are ignorant of the problem, it will an eye-opening experience.

To see the full documentary, you can view it on YouTube (click here).

Source: Democracy Now, Photo via Kim Eierman Youtube Video Screenshot

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