Last night, some of us at BumbleBar attended a local showing of the film, More Than Honey. We were blown away by some of the facts presented to us. Here at BumbleBar, we’ve been confusing vegans since 1995. Due to the bees on our packaging, it is a common misconception that BumbleBars contain honey. However, as our goal is to promote organic agricultural practices, the bee icon opens a dialogue about the positive benefits of organic farming. Not only do those cute Bumble Bees pollinate the plants that are responsible for many of our ingredients, especially almonds, but they are also the first animal affected by pesticides and herbicides.
Last night while watching More Than Honey, we learned that depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. It is a phenomenon scientists are calling “colony collapse disorder.”
While we’re very passionate about organic farming, we are by no means experts on the current bee epidemic. Instead, we’d like to provide you with resources to learn with us and continue this conversation.
Vanishing of the Bees : 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 US, 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 options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.
What do you think of the Honey Bee mystery?