These Are The Foods We'd Loose If Honey Bees Died Off

The Huffington Post    By James Cave    November 4, 2015

They arrive in the morning, having traveled miles to work all day. They move from one workstation to the next to gather supplies for their commute back to the office and repeat the trip 40 times a day. The newest staff members often work through the night.

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We're talking about honeybees, and the truth is, they accomplish more than any human workaholic ever could -- the plants affected by their pollination account for what's estimated to be a third of all the food we humans eat (they also incidentally work themselves to death) -- but unless you're a beekeeper or researcher, you're probably totally oblivious to the honeybees in your life.

Honeybees are the most important pollinators of fruits and vegetables, and scientists and beekeepers around the world are still alarmed at the sustained rate in which bees continue to die. Colony collapse disorder, a detrimental convergence of many possible factors, is responsible for the loss of up to 90 percent of beekeepers' bees, adding up to the devastation of 10 million beehives in six years.

Thankfully, the folks at designed the following infographic to keep us aware of these tiny providers, displaying a wide array of produce that either wouldn't exist at all, or would be very hard to find if we didn't have honeybees.

Apples, cherries, coffee -- can you imagine your life without these? 


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Follow a Queen Bee on Her Maiden Mating Flight   By Frances Diep 9/10/13

Queen honeybees mate just once in their lives, within weeks of emerging as an adult from the little honeycomb cells in which they grew. Their mating flights may be the only time they ever leave their hive. But at least they seem to make the most of it: They mate in mid-air, at about 20 feet above the ground, with seven to 15 drones. Boom chicka wow wow.

More Than Honey, a recent documentary about the death of domestic honeybee hives around the world, includes the amazing bees'-eye video of this flight above.

More Than Honey is in theaters now in the U.K. It's already had its run in the U.S., showing in New York in June and in Los Angeles in August. It'll be out on DVD October 21 and available on iTunes October 28.

More Than Honey - A Review

Scientific American - Blog    By Felicity Muth 

Last night I went to see the documentary ‘More than honey’, directed and produced by the Swiss film-maker Markus Imhoof. As I work with bees (bumblebees) and have already read a bit about colony collapse disorder and honeybee farming I wasn’t expecting too much from the film: an education on all the crops bees are needed for, how they’re dying out and perhaps a plea for pesticides to be banned. However, I was pleasantly surprised, as the movie was not the science-education type of documentary I was expecting.

Fred Jaggi

The film starts in Switzerland, with a Swiss-German bee farmer, Fred Jaggi, who comes from a long line of bee keepers. We see him hiking through the Swiss mountains wearing a Swiss hat and smoking a pipe. The filming captures the beauty of the mountains and creates an atmosphere for this man’s rural, bee-centric life. We are introduced to his bees, and how he lovingly cares for them, but with strict rules and punishments if they violate these rules (for their own good, of course). I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say he’s a character.

From here we are transported to America, where we meet John Miller, of Miller Honey farms. He provides bees on a commercial scale to the almond farms in California, and then ships them over to farms in Idaho and North Dakota. Our first introduction to Miller is him standing in the almond farms under the acres of trees and buzzing bees...


More Than Honey

New York Times  By Stephen Holden  6/11/13
In Fields and Hives, Zooming in on What Ails Bees. 'More Than Honey' a documentary by Markus Imhoof.
If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would have four years left to live. That assertion, attributed to Albert Einstein but perhaps apocryphal, is voiced in “More Than Honey,” a fascinating but rambling documentary about the decimation of the world’s bee population through the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.
Directed and written by Markus Imhoof, a Swiss filmmaker, the movie is a tutorial on the biology and social behavior of bees and their exploitation in the age of industrial agriculture. Mr. Imhoof is descended from a long line of Alpine beekeepers whose cultivation of bees and harvesting of their honey...