More than Honey

Will the decline of the bee population affect the world?

The Bee Decline

Bees are vitally important to agriculture today because they pollinate up to a third of all the food we eat today. However several factor like the use of neonics and invading mites are causing deaths so great in number that they call for something to be done.
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Film Summary

The film More Than Honey, directed by Markus Imhoof, explores the effect that the world wide bee decline has on local beekeepers and the many challenges they face in running their bee farms. This documentary displays how the decline of bees pose as a threat to the world of agriculture, which in turn affects humans and a secure food source if the bees, a major pollinator, were to become extinct.

Source D

This article is one that refers to this bee issue in another state (Florida) rather than keeping the problem only here, in Texas. This source gives the reader insight on the statistics in Florida compared to the ones in Texas from the point of view of a long time beekeeper, named David Hackenberg. David was the first beekeeper to draw attention to the bee decline in a state other than Texas. The report hit hard on the Colony Collapse Disorder and was an eye-opener in the fact that Texas isn't always the one in danger. The author or narrator of this source was a beekeeper providing facts that either he had lived himself or discovered in his lifetime. The best way or solution in his eyes was to remove these dangerous chemicals, or pesticides, to help better the bee population not only in Florida, but all around America.

Source G

One source was a report done by the company called Greenpeace. The report centered around the decrease of bees in Europe and the factors that put those pollinators and agriculture in danger. The report assess how factors such as diseases and parasites, industrial agriculture, and climate change are contributing to the great decline of bees. The report also mentions possible solutions to prevent the further loss in numbers of bees such as limiting exposure of bee harming pesticides.

Source H

This article talks about the many harmful chemicals that are used in fertilizers and pesticides that harm bees. Luke Metzger, the author, urges all the large outdoors stores and suppliers of these products to take them off of their shelfs. He talks about the excessive use of neonics to fertilize plants and how they lead to the death of the bees. He tries to show how the current methods of agriculture are harming bees and causing them to die off. He finishes by trying to convince the world to save the bees because we need them to fertilize about ninety percent of all foods we eat today.

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The Solution: Ecological Farming

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Ecological farming deals with the shift to organic methods of farming in the already industrialized agricultural industry. This can take in the form of restrictions on harmful pesticides as well the decrease in the use of chemicals. This will decrease the decline of bees by decreasing the factors that harm the pollinators and promote a healthy way of agriculture for the environment.

Sources Cited

Source D:

Stokstad, Erik. "The Case Of The Late Mr. Tower." The British Medical Journal 1.1207 (1884):

335. The Case of Empty Hives. News Focus, 19 Nov. 2007. Web. 13 May 2016.

Source G:

Tirado, Reyes. Bees in Decline. Greenpeace International, Apr. 2013. PDF.

Source H:

Metzger, Luke. "New Tests Find Bee-killing Pesticides in 51% of." "bee-friendly" Plants from Garden Centers across U.S. and Canada. Environment Texas, 25 June 2014. Web. 13 May 2016.