Here is another snippet from the PBS documentary.
An entomologist and a beekeeper discuss honeybees’ crucial role as pollinators and the possibly devastating effects of the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder, with vibrant close-up shots of bees in action.
Bees are under threat worldwide from disease, pesticide and habitat loss- this is a serious problem for biodiversity and food security in the medium term.
For a comprehensive overview, look at the UNEP report: Global Bee Colony Disorders and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators.
It highlights for example that of the 100 crop species providing 90 per cent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 per cent.
What would we do without them??
In economic terms, pollinator services contribute around US$200 billion a year to the global economy.
Check out this video.
Not only is pollination vital to life on earth, but when seen through the lenses of Louie Schwartzberg, it’s mesmerizing.