FMTV - Vanishing Of The Bees

Vanishing Of The Bees

Runtime: 88m 01s | Release date: 2009

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the United States, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound, and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

Bret Adee
Dennis Cardoza
Henri Clement
Jay Feldman
Emilia Fox
Maryann Frazier
Jean Glavany
Davey Hackenberg
David Hackenberg
Gunther Hauk
Wayne Larsen
Dee Lusby David Mendes
Philipp Mimkes
Ellen Page
Mike Painter
Jeff Pettis
David Pettit
Jeff Pettis
Michael Pollan
Billy Rhodes
Rick Smith
Randy Stone
Tom Theobald
Ava Tuenge
Tia Tuenge
Fred Westerhold


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Judith Hatula | 4 months ago
EXCELLENT docu-film!!!! Thank you.
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Mel | 5 months ago
Thank you for bringing this awareness!
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 5 months ago
You are most welcome, Mel :) ~ Pauline
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Gwenda Woodbury | 1 year, 2 months ago
Excellent film. Love how they went to Europe and learned this had happened in France 10 years ago.....and the French government banned the suspect pesticides to err on the side of caution....and the bee populations came back. Not here.....too much influence by the pesticide companies on the government agencies that are supposed to protect us.... Hopefully we'll turn this around before it is too late.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 year, 2 months ago
Thank you for sharing us your thoughts, Gwenda ~ Joyce
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Claudia P. Sánchez-Castillo | 2 years ago
I´ve learned a lot from this documentary, "Vanishing of the Bees". It hurts to know the disregard of many agrobusiness men and governments towards the environment, the precious bees and other insects and of course human life and our precious Planet Earth. But also leaves a window of hope for what each of us could do in favour of these hard working lovely bees. Thank you FMTV
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mark seifert | 2 years, 4 months ago
Great documentary. Highlights what a sad state of affairs we have in taking care of our earth and environment.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 2 years, 4 months ago
Hi Mark! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Jasmin ❤
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Vanessa Ward | 2 years, 5 months ago
One thing that shocks me the most about what industrial bee keepers do to the queen bees is the fact that they kill the queen after only a few months, despite the fact that her natural life span is up to 5yrs. Then they replace her with a younger, artificially raised bee, putting the 'surrogate' in a cage so that the other bees won't kill her, until they have adapted to her scent. They also use the unnatural practice of artificially inseminating the queen bee. Industrial bee keepers are attacking the natural process of the honey bee, and they wonder why the honey bees are disappearing. This is without even looking at mono-culture and the use of pesticides, which creates even more problems. Hopefully the honey bees can be saved before it is too late.
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Gary Johnson | 2 years, 11 months ago
To me its obvious what's going on with the bee's. I realized at 12:47 when David Mendes talks about them shipping the bees around the country year round. How about we stop turning everything into a profit. Let's just let the bees, be bees. Well, its probably too late for that as we've captured them all up just to make some money and try and force them to do their job faster than nature intended.

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