Vanishing of the Bees

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

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  2. …  So, when you go to watch the full movie, you get snowballed with “naughtygirl” popups??  Pretty educational….

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  4. great documentary if the bees are gone it wont be long before humans are too you can watch the whole thing here

  5. will have a look at this one today, thanks for all the great documentaries!

  6. anyone know where i can find this documentary???

  7. Luckily, I got in
    and saw the full Vanishing of the Bees documentary before it was removed. The
    documentary was truly enlightening. It is a little disconcerting that, as far
    as I know, the bees are still ‘vanishing’ and that the US Government hasn’t
    volunteered the help they indicated they would give.

    The other shocking
    display of indifference is the bare minimum effort that major corporations are
    required to expend to get their products to the market. It is utterly appalling
    that Bayer, a company whose products are tailored to kill pests off, would not
    conduct more research into the effect on bees for more than 3 days. These
    honeybees are the reason there are any crops at all to be protected, yet the
    pesticides affect the bees just as much as other bugs, if not nearly as
    quickly. It really shows the level of care the company has for the situation
    when they wouldn’t agree to appear on the documentary.

    Overall though, the film has presented a well
    documented, informative piece of media that has shown people just how dire the
    situation is. Well shot, though I think a few of the transitions could have
    been made a little better.

  8. Nature is exceeding resilient, remove the chemicals and they will rebound. The chemical companies won’t have food to eat, because the bees are dead,which they killed. I expect hunger will overcome greed. go get them and shut them down. Corporations need to eat to.