Although I knew the importance of the bee as a pollinator, I couldn’t help initially watching the film with disdain in class (having never been stung by a bee or wasp and still getting slightly panicked any time one comes near, I am not to afraid I am a little biased when it comes to bees or insects in general); however, after viewing the film, I’m worried. As silly as it sounds, I’m genuinely concerned about the plight of the honey bee.
I wasn’t made aware of the fact that we actually have to ship bees around the U.S. to keep crops pollinated until this semester, and the fact that this is something we have to do worries me on several levels. The fact that our agriculture has de-evolved so much to this point – to freaking move/import bees around to ensure everything will pollinate properly – has crossed the borders of lunacy; while I didn’t have a problem with mono cropping before (didn’t even give it a second thought, despite spending half my life growing up in the rural-suburbs of Indiana), I certainly do now. People might dislike having to choose an Ugly tomato over the typical Red Round tomato, but meanwhile if having greater crop diversity means our food being a little less pretty, so be it.