The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.
[Filmmaker, Peter Nelson, is a beekeeper based in the Hudson Valley of New York and has also been a backyard beekeeper for 30 years. In addition to his new feature length documentary, The Pollinators, about bees and their importance to our food and agriculture system, he also produced, directed, photographed, and edited the beautiful short film Dance of the Honey Bee, which was featured on Bill Moyers Presents, and can be viewed here.]