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Vanishing of the Bees (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 9 October 2009 (UK)
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This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ellen Page ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bret Adee Bret Adee ... Himself - World's Largest Beekeeper
Dennis Cardoza Dennis Cardoza ... Himself - Representative, California
Henri Clement Henri Clement ... Himself - UNAF President
Jay Feldman Jay Feldman ... Himself - Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides
Emilia Fox ... Herself - Narrator
Maryann Frazier Maryann Frazier ... Herself - Department of Entomology, Penn State University
Jean Glavany Jean Glavany ... Himself - French Politician
Davey Hackenberg Davey Hackenberg ... Himself - Beekeeper, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
David Hackenberg David Hackenberg ... Himself - Beekeeper, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
Gunther Hauk Gunther Hauk ... Himself - Author, Toward Saving the Honeybee
Wayne Larsen Wayne Larsen ... Himself - Pesticide Applicator
Dee Lusby Dee Lusby ... Herself - Founder, Organic Beekeeping Group
David Mendes David Mendes ... Himself - Beekeeper, Fort Myers, Florida
Philipp Mimkes Philipp Mimkes ... Himself - Coalition Against Bayer Dangers


This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen? Written by Anonymous

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A documentary for anyone who likes to eat. See more »


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English | German | French

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9 October 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bienen - Himmelsvolk in Gefahr See more »

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Australia See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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Vanishing of the Bees
27 June 2011 | by mollycfinchSee all my reviews

If you've been paying attention to the news over past few years, you've no doubt heard about vanishing populations of honey bees throughout the world. However, the implications of this epidemic are often over-looked or fall by the wayside. Vanishing of the Bees does an excellent job of not only addressing all aspects of a complicated issue, but also explaining it in a way that is understandable to any viewer. Most of us have fallen into the habit of looking at the growing number of threats to the environment as individual issues, and as a result the average American feels any effort on their part will be so minuscule when compared to the big picture that no improvement can be achieved. What I enjoyed most about this film is how it really delved into the interconnectedness of all aspects of the environment and the impact of human subsistence patterns. The solutions offered on the jacket of the DVD and in the film can help solve the honey bee problem while improving other environmental conditions and consist of steps that anyone, anywhere can take. Vanishing of the Bees has all you could want in a documentary- interesting, educational, and inspiring!

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