In HONEYLAND, filmmakers Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov tell the story of Hatidze, the last of Macedonia’s nomadic beekeepers. In their statement about the film, “Hatidze is a microcosm for a wider idea of how closely intertwined nature and humanity are, and how much we stand to lose if we ignore this fundamental connection.”
Over the past several years, bee populations have been in decline. Industrial agriculture and the heavy use of pesticides like neonicotinoids are decimating colonies and threating their extinction. The EU and Canada have already banned the use of neonicotinoids and celebrities such as Morgan Freeman have converted his 124-acre ranch into a honeybee sanctuary. From almonds to cherries, bees are responsible for 70% of the food we eat. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is failing to protect these pollinators. In early August 2018, the administration lifted the ban on neonicotinoids in national wildlife refuges.
Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” That is a sobering thought. It is time to take action. Here’s what you can do to help save the bees.
Create a pollinator garden and plant organic, non-GMO seeds.
For other suggestions visit the National Wildlife Foundation website.