More than Honey
Will the decline of the bee population affect the world?
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.
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.
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.
The Solution: Ecological Farming
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