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More Than Honey trailer: why are the bees dying?

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I pretty much figure that at some point in the dire future, we’re going to look back at this time and marvel — or rage — at how we did not see all the glaring warning signs about the imminent collapse of the natural world we rely on for our survival. Such as the apparent dying out of the bees we’re witnessing right now. So I’m very curious to see this and hear what it has to say about what’s going on.

This is Switzerland’s official submission to the 2014 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It’ll be on DVD in North America next week [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] and is now available on demand in the U.S., including on at Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. It’s now available on DVD in the U.K. [Amazon U.K.].

US/Canada release date: Jun 12 2013 | UK release date: Sep 6 2013
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  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1186107134 MarkyD

    I’m very curious to see this as well. I’ve already read and watched a bit on what’s happening, as I’m a gardener and landscaper, and like to know what’s going on. I haven’t seen any decline in my own garden or work areas, but It’s most definitely happening. CCD is the most common moniker, but no one has targeted a specific cause yet. Bees rock, so I hope it gets figured out.

  • LaSargenta

    I’m sure that the same chem companies who’ve been making all the pesticides that have been stressing the bees are hard at work figuring out how to have almonds that don’t need pollination by anything more than a breeze. They are probably crossing pears and maize right now as I’m typing.

    Look, we are fucked. We’ve been so for a long time. This particular issue will affect Europe, Asia and Africa worse than the Americas. Bees didn’t exist in the so-called New World before Europeans imported them (neither did earthworms, btw). So, as far as food goes, we’ll have to make more use of food that evolved to pollinate by other means.

    But, hey, humans have only been here a short while. We’ll be gone soon. The planet will change and other life will be “on top”. We’ll only have ourselves to blame. It’s been visible for a long time, all MY lifetime, certainly, if one was paying attention. I remember when the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969 (I was very small, but it was pretty vivid to this kid, just as much as seeing people throw bottles that exploded in flames at tanks in Prague the year before). Some stuff has been improved (you can swim in parts of the Hudson River again), but the damage is most likely done. There’s a lot of momentum in the system that would be too hard to change.

  • RogerBW

    I for one welcome the oniscidean successor civilisation.

  • LaSargenta

    lololololol

    Look, they’d probably be better at it than we are. If they take over and I get my wish to be reincarnated as an otter, we’ll get along just fine.

  • http://darkmattersalot.com/ ChemE Stewart

    After a year of research I think it may be weakly ionizing penetrating radiation from all of the Doppler Microwave Weather Radar Stations we have installed over the past 20 years around the country (over 200). Each tower is pulsing 750,000 watts of microwave radiation over a 150 mile radius, many times overlapping with 3-5 other radars. That is a hell of a lot of radiation. No long term studies have ever been done. We are the study.

  • AA

    Ummm, it is European honeybees that are dying in North America. The native species are doing mostly fine (we have little idea, because they aren’t as interesting to us). Except that we haven’t yet domesticated other native bee species, so there will definitely be an economic gap while the honey sweetener industry gets replaced for supplying mobile (transient) pollinator hives.

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