To Bee or Not to Bee!
By: Nihal Kotragouda, Piyush Mewada, Carmen Perello
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.
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.
- 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.
- Hagopian, Joachim. "Death and Extinction of Bees." Global Search. Global Search, Mar. 2014. Web. 18 May 2016.
- More than Honey. Dir. Markus Imhoof. 01 Distribution, 2014. DVD.
- "No Bees, No Food." Environment Texas. Web. 18 May 2016.
- Stuertz, Mark. "Why North Texas Bees Are Dying." D Magazine, Sept. 2010. Web. 13 May 2016.