Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.
Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.
Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.
This is the official description from the film’s website or IMDb page.
“Quite simply, the honey bees are vanishing. Decades of intensive exploitation have meant taking the their honey away from them, and feeding them on inferior sugar-extract, making them weaker and vulnerable to pesticides, triggering a sudden eco-calamity. The implications are awful. Without bees doing their pollination work, vegetables and foodstuffs will disappear.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“The film shows us the plight of commercial bee keepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they go about their daily business of fulfilling pollination contracts all over the country. The two Daves travel to Washington to plead their case and even overseas in an effort to discover what is killing the bees.” – Kirsten E. Silven, Earth Times
Watch the trailer here: