After watching The Vanishing of the Bees, I heard about issues I had never really learned about until now. I realized that I didn’t actually know that much about bees. I never actually realized that they were being transported all over the US to pollinate. The Vanishing of the Bees helped me to learn what I had been putting a blind eye to this whole time. I was very aware that we needed bees to pollinate flowers etc., but it never made me think about the pollination of our food. Bees are actually much, much more impactful than we ever realized before. Our environment still requires a balance, and if something is offset it could create a ripple effect that can change everything else.
In the documentary they explained a lot about Colony Collapse Disorder. One farmer lost millions of bees. It just seems so odd that all of this occurred at around the same time across the US. I did understand that it took a generation for this to really effect a colony, but it still seems very odd.
It is very sad to hear that we are causing harm to our bees. Watching one of the bees try to rub the pollen of an altered flower off of its legs was more sad to me than I would have ever thought. The bee, who would normally be hardworking and built for its job, knew the flower was different and was essentially given a tiny dose of poison to take back to her colony. Pesticides are meant to keep insects away and bees are an insect. It makes a lot of sense to me that the bees would become confused and distraught. It’s already bad enough that they have to be sent across the country all year.
I hope that in the future we will have better homes and jobs for our honeybees. They deserve to do what nature intended through pollinating natural flowers and produce, not plants with chemicals.