To Bee or Not to Bee!

By: Nihal Kotragouda, Piyush Mewada, Carmen Perello

Why are bees so important?

Bees are vital to our natural environment as they pollinate and grow plant populations, and also provide us with honey. However, we humans have taken their talents for granted and are straining the bees, thus causing the global bee population to decline.

Documentary: More Than Honey

  • Portrays the extensive and straining use of bees for industry
  • Bees are confined and forced to alter lifestyle
  • Corporate greed causes more and more bees to be confined and controlled by the chemicals
More Than Honey Official Trailer 1 (2013) - Bee Documentary HD

No Bees, No Food

  • Big agrochemical companies are using chemicals that are harmful bees
  • The industrial usage of bees is extensive and confines bee colonies to straining environments.
  • According to the source, on average, 30% of bee colonies are lost each winter. This is unhealthy to both the environment, as well as the economy.
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Price of Losing Bees

  • Honey bees are affected by a large number of parasites and pathogens.
  • The value of crops pollinated by bees is estimated to be $14.6 billion.
  • Losing this much money would cause an economic problem and five thousand beekeepers would lose their job in the U.S. alone.

All Natural

  • Initiative is being taken by federal corporations to limit pesticide usage and limit use of bees.
  • In order to conserve new populations and revive agricultural economy.
  • The USDA has allocated a $3 million subsidy to stabalize bee populations.
  • Global corporations have realized how the decline in bee populations has affected the overall revenue.

So... What can we do about it?

  • All natural alternatives such as organic fertilizers to limit chemical intoxication.
  • Also, bees should be naturally placed in selective locations, but should not be confined to man made cages/gives.
  • To revive bee populations, the industrial use of bees must be limited and should not be taken for granted.
  • In addition, there are more natural techniques to control bees other than chemicals and smoke, such as isolated colonies.

Works Cited

  1. Hagopian, Joachim. "Death and Extinction of Bees." Global Search. Global Search, Mar. 2014. Web. 18 May 2016.
  2. More than Honey. Dir. Markus Imhoof. 01 Distribution, 2014. DVD.
  3. "No Bees, No Food." Environment Texas. Web. 18 May 2016.
  4. Stuertz, Mark. "Why North Texas Bees Are Dying." D Magazine, Sept. 2010. Web. 13 May 2016.