I was aware of the vanishing bee problem a couple of years ago but I never exactly cared all that much. In elementary school we learned about pollination, our teachers giving each of us a plant and a cotton bud, telling us to rub the small bud on the pollen and then rub it on the other flower: this is the process of pollination. The plant is fertilized and will now bear fruit. It wasn’t a huge deal to me; personally, I liked the science that had the quick chemical reactions. Fertilization, pollination, and all that sort of science was something that happened because it was set by nature to do so.
These sort of natural processes are what keep our world moving, and especially in this modern age, we depend on it more than we may think. We may think that as long as their are farmers farming and putting food onto the shelves at Walmart, there will never be a problem. As long as we see the food on the shelves, we don’t care what happens. When bees disappear, I’m pretty sure a large part of Americans could truly care less. The impact of the disappearance is not heavy enough for Americans to get angry and to worry: not all bees are disappearing, therefore the problem is not truly a problem yet.
Because bees are in such a high demand, I do feel like it is such a bad decision for humans to interfere with this process. When I was watching the documentary I had absolutely no idea what was happening to the bees. It felt like it was a collective mindset to just abandon their hives. The documentary had worded it in such a way that it seemed like it came out of nowhere, with no possible cause of anything. But they did mention later on in the film about GMOs, replacing the queen bee, replacing honey with sugar water, transporting miles and miles just to pollinate huge acres of monocultures; suddenly everything made a lot more sense.
It is understandable that if we were to follow the bees natural pollination cycles food would take ten times longer to get onto the shelves. But to try and intervene with a natural cycle so that it would speed up food production process is trying to mess with something that should not be messed with. There is a specific reason why certain things are made a certain way: when you take away a bee’s queen, which has been through thousands of years been stated that the queen is of upmost importance of the hive, we are screwing up the system. And then people start to wonder why CCD occurs.