Does Film Solve Honey Bee Mystery?
Condensed by Native
In recent years, scientists have been
grappling with a biological mystery: the
death of honey bees throughout the
world. Now a new film proposes a
the film, "Vanishing of the Bees," the latest generation of
pesticides is at fault.
Honey bees around the world have been
mysteriously dying off for the past five
years. The filmmakers pin
the rap on neonicotinoid pesticides. These compounds,
which are used widely in
Britain and the U.S., have
been banned in France.
neonicotinoid compounds are made by
believe neonicotinoids should not
affect honey bees.
But filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein believe that even a
low-level dose may be taking a toll.
For years bees were weakened by the nosema fungus, the varroa
mite, and other viruses. Today, the film
honey bees are unable to cope with the
additional strain of neonicotinoid
Langworthy and Henein are not
the only ones blaming neonicotinoids and
Bayer. More than two
years ago, both researchers and
commercial beekeepers expressed similar
Bayer, a pharmaceutical
giant, defended its product.
"Everybody knows this is about the
varroa mite, the nosema pest and a
number of fungal and viral diseases,"
said a Bayer representative.
"The healthiest bees in the world are in
Australia, where they have lots of neonicotinoids but they don't have
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