(sigh…Shakespeare rolls over in his grave…again)
Tonight, on the Nature of Things, To Bee or Not To Bee, a documentary about the world wide decline in bees:
Our story begins in 2006, when Pennsylvania beekeeper David Hackenburg went public when over half of his honeybee hives died from a mysterious disease. That disease soon had a name – Colony Collapse Disorder, and it rapidly led to record colony losses for beekeepers across the United States. At the same time, in other parts of the world, domesticated honeybees and wild bee populations were sickening and dying as well. A number of factors seemed to be triggering those die-offs. The search for a single cause and its cure has become more and more desperate over time.
As the problem becomes more severe, scientists and beekeepers in Europe and North America work tirelessly to find the cause of these deadly declines: is it genetic, a virus or pollution, or some combination of them? Today beekeepers are hanging on by a thread, food supplies are threatened, and the biodiversity of the planet itself has been endangered.
Premiering: Thursday January 7, 2010 at 8 pm on CBC-TV
Repeating: Thursday January 14, 2010 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network
- Colony Collapse Disorder: Cause – All Natural! (junkscience.com)
- “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees (maboulette.wordpress.com)
- Urban Beekeeping is Helping Bees in a Sticky Situation (greenonthemind.wordpress.com)