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Vanishing of the Bees

Documentary explores colony collapse among honeybees

All over the world, honeybees have been mysteriously vanishing from their hives. Vanishing of the Bees, a cogent documentary, seeks to find out what is happening to these wonder workers who play such a crucial role in sustaining our ecosystem and pollinate nearly one-third of our food supply.

Vanishing of the BeesLeading the way in the fight to save the honeybees are commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes. They traveled to France to talk with beekeepers who are dealing with the same problems Americans have seen in 35 states.

Honeybees in ancient Egypt were seen as healers and held in high esteem.

Today they are considered to be similar to the canary in the coal mine that warns when the air becomes unbreathable — bees are signaling that something is wrong with our environment.

In Washington, D.C., Hackenberg and Mendes are disturbed to learn there is very little regulation over the chemicals sprayed on crops.

Are the chemicals carried by the bees back to their hives the cause of their disappearance?

The documentary ends on a positive note with stories about how ordinary people are trying to save these productive and hard-working creatures (True Mind/Entertainment One, not rated).


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