Vanishing of the Bees details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — the cause and effect relationship of Bayer’s GMO pesticide used in France, and subsequently banned (with the bees returning within a year) as well as the studies done in the U.S. (proving the chemicals build up in the honey/pollen of the hives) and why so few studies have actually been done (the companies profiting from the chemical sales are responsible for doing the studies – a policy of the EPA.) EPA = Economic Promotion Agency (The “E” no longer stands for “Environmental” and the “P” certainly does not stand for “Protection”). Europe applies the precautionary principle to protect people and the environment. They’re smart. France banned systemic pesticides and bee colonies improved within a year. The United States uses risk assessments and accepts test results from companies. Why do we accept this? Your wallet is the only weapon against the corporation. Put these corporations on your “do not buy” list, never buy from them again and tell everyone you know. Being a retired chemical engineer, I am well versed in the sometimes insidious effects and dangers of chemicals. We need much more sophisticated methods of testing prior to approving any new chemicals. The bees are just the first warning victims of a chemical onslaught that may destroy the environment and the world’s economy. We definitely need to get the FDA and USDA from under the control of the chemical companies and back to protecting us, the little people, our food, the US, and the world. I have now avoided new drugs approved by the FDA unless also approved by the Germans, the French, and the Swiss. It is a sad state when we cannot trust our own protection agencies. The monoculture discussion was very clearly an explanation of why the farmers must use these chemicals – because with monoculture a single pest is able to become a massive problem when the entire farm is a food source. This is also why they recommend eating organic (no pesticides), using your local farmer’s market (no monoculture) or even setting up your own garden (full control over what’s put on your crops.) I can vouch for the validity of the methods of pesticides that we see today in modern agriculture. Traditional family farmers have to use pesticides to keep up, and it’s a shame because the systematic issues talked about in this documentary have never been considered or studied by the EPA apparently. If this is what the use of systemic pesticides did to the bees, what is it doing to us and our children now? These questions need to be considered and not brushed under the rug. This documentary is a must see; it was informative and also extremely interesting and even enjoyable in its own way. A very important film. Documentary 2009 NR 87 minutes.
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