VANISHING OF THE BEES: Current story
After watching the documentary ‘Vanishing of the Bees’ and realizing a global scale of the problem, I decided to research on the topic. I attempted to check what has been done since the first alarm on the vanishing bees over five years ago and what is the situation at the moment. The movie was released in 2009, but the issue has been under the discussion among the beekeepers since 2006/2007. Today, in the end of the year 2011, the questions have still not been resolved. Although the awareness has been raised and more people find out about the severe consequences of the problems everyday, there are no direct actions to stop and prevent the phenomena of the vanishing bees, also knows as Colony collapse disorder (CCD). I looked up different sources to find out more and here are the results of my research.
First of all, the issue is still unresolved.There are grants and funding to universities, scientists for CCD research. Today they estimate nearly one-third of all honey bee colonies in the United States have disappeared. Yet, there is no clear answer of what causes CCD. Some scientists focus on what is called ‘three Ps’: poor nutrition, pesticides, and pathogens. It is believed that behind the mystery of the vanishing bees is a mix of all these factors. Moreover, it is a matrix of connections, going beyond the problem of the vanishing bees and touching upon such issues, like climate change, rising of the water, etc. The Earth as a system is sick, and all of its parts need to be recover so that it can function in its balanced form. Apart from the on-going research, there is also a strong focus on the campaign to increase awareness among the common people, especially the citizens of the United States. Young Hollywood actress, Ellen Page, who narrated ‘Vanishing of the Bees’ in 2009, has been one of the ambassadors of the action.
On Bill Maher show, recorded earlier this year, she speaks up and tries to bring the importance of the problem to the people. The interview is a great source of primary knowledge on the cause and effect of the vanishing of the bees. She states how irreplaceable the bees are for human living and that it is the people who destroy their own food system. For the last 50 years, the farming become heavily industrialized and weak in biodiversity. It created the unbalance to the world of food, but also industry, economy. The issue, although concerning small bees, has a tremendous effect and will increase its impact in the near future.
More information about the campaigns and awareness bringing can be found on the website:
– Kasia (Katarzyna) Dybek