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9 October 2009 (UK) See more »
A documentary for anyone who likes to eat. See more »
This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ellen Page ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bret Adee ... Himself - World's Largest Beekeeper
Dennis Cardoza ... Himself - Representative, California
Henri Clement ... Himself - UNAF President
Jay Feldman ... Himself - Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides

Emilia Fox ... Herself - Narrator
Maryann Frazier ... Herself - Department of Entomology, Penn State University
Jean Glavany ... Himself - French Politician
Davey Hackenberg ... Himself - Beekeeper, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
David Hackenberg ... Himself - Beekeeper, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
Gunther Hauk ... Himself - Author, Toward Saving the Honeybee
Wayne Larsen ... Himself - Pesticide Applicator
Dee Lusby ... Herself - Founder, Organic Beekeeping Group
David Mendes ... Himself - Beekeeper, Fort Myers, Florida
Philipp Mimkes ... Himself - Coalition Against Bayer Dangers
Mike Painter ... Himself - Farmer
Jeff Pettis ... Himself - Head of Honeybee Research Lab, USDA
David Pettit ... Himself - Senior Attorney, NRDC

Michael Pollan ... Himself - Author, In Defense of Food
Billy Rhodes ... Himself - Beekeeper, Umatilla, Florida
Rick Smith ... Himself - Former Commercial Beekeeper, Yuma, Arizona
Randy Stone ... Himself - Farmer
Tom Theobald ... Himself - Beekeeper, Niwot, Colorado
Ava Tuenge ... Herself - Home Gardner
Tia Tuenge ... Herself - Home Gardner
Fred Westerhold ... Himself - Farmer

Directed by
Maryam Henein 
George Langworthy 
Writing credits
Maryam Henein (written by) &
George Langworthy (written by) &
James Erskine (written by)

Produced by
James Erskine .... executive producer
Peter J. Heller .... co-executive producer
Maryam Henein .... producer
David Langworthy .... associate producer
George Langworthy .... producer
Holly Mosher .... executive producer
Tricia van Klaveren .... co-executive producer
Cinematography by
George Langworthy 
Film Editing by
William Gazecki 
Art Department
Alexander Williams .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Graham Colwell .... narration recordist
Lawrence Everson .... sound editor
Lawrence Everson .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Power .... post audio coordinator
Other crew
Alura Bouvier .... assistant to director
Sue May .... transcriber

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Must Watch if You Care About Anything, 10 January 2013
Author: R H from Portland, OR

If anyone can watch this documentary without being scared out of their minds, they need to be smacked back to reality. I say this in jest of course, but seriously- the reason why we are in the situation we are in concerning honey bees (and thousands of other similar topics) is because of people's lack of caring. Vanishing of the Bees does a great job of laying out the problems with commercial beekeeping, the strange phenomenon of billions of bees disappearing, what other countries are doing, and what we can do here.

Honey bees have been looked at as prophetic for millennium; as the bees goes, so goes humanity. If this is true, then we could be in for some major problems. Although the documentary states over and over again that there is no reason for the massive amounts of bee disappearances, it also focuses on the reasons for bees disappearing, which is kind of odd. We're introduced to a number of larger beekeepers, some smaller organic one's, and beekeepers from as far away as Europe.

Much of the first half of the movie focuses on the ill moves of commercial beekeepers. The fact that almond growers were complaining about the lack of honey bees to pollinate their crops led the US government to import honey bees from Australia, via a 747. The farmer we are introduced to in Florida ships his bees to California, back to Florida, up the coast to Maine, down to Boston, and then back to Florida every year. Many big breeders make their own queens by separating a female bee, pinching something (I forgot this part), and then reintroducing it to the hive. This increases their profits, but greatly harms and confuses the bees. Although the blame cannot be put wholly on the beekeepers – honey being shipped from China (with dozens of other ingredients including milk and high fructose corn syrup) is selling for pennies on the dollar – these practices, we're told, surely contribute to the diminishing of bee populations.

After being confronted with these mind numbing practices of beekeepers, we're taken to France where we learn that the bees dying off probably doesn't have anything to do with this. France experienced the same problem as the US is experiencing, only it happened a half a decade before. After much studying, they learned that pesticides being sprayed by nearby farmers were killing off these populations. Protests occurred, government was harassed, and finally laws were passed banning certain harmful pesticides. Here in the US, we're told, that the EPA is in charge of making such decisions. Unfortunately, when the EPA is looking for information on pesticides, it has the pesticide industry write the report. Surprisingly, nothing has been done. In France, within a year of these poisons being banned, the bees returned as healthy and in as large of numbers as before. Seems like maybe there is an answer to, "what's happening to our bees."

Without bees, we don't eat. It's as simple as that. The pesticides being used all over the world not only kill bees, but also harm the human population. The companies – like Monsanto – who invented these pesticides also invented things like Agent Orange; chemicals that have been used to wipe out millions of innocents in times of war. Although having killed millions, we're now told (and mostly believe) that they are harmless to us and our animals. We are offered a solution though- keep bees! As someone in the documentary said (I believe it was Michael Pollen), "instead of one beekeeper with 60,000 hives, we need 60,000 beekeepers, each with one hive. GO GET YOURSELF A HIVE!

It's a shame that documentaries like this fly under the radar while multi-billion dollar movies with no educational value at all, are seen by the majority of the population.

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