“Nature: Silence of the Bees” is a Riveting TV Documentary
by Michael Aaron Gallagher
For those of you who may have slept through biology class, honeybees provide an enormous economic contribution each year (estimated at around $15 Billion). They provide us with honey (which is used in countless foods, including Häagen-Dazs ice cream) as well as wax (used in cosmetics). But most importantly, honeybees pollinate plants. According to the PBS documentary, around 70% of all our agriculture, including fruit, nut, and berry crops, are pollinated by honeybees. And when you take away the pollinators, you lose the agricultural yield.
So what can you do to help?
Stop using pesticides on your lawns and gardens, preserve beehives and other pollinators in the wild, and support agricultural research. For more information on the documentary and for other ways you can help, visit PBS.org and http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/.
“‘Nature: Silence of the Bees’ is a Riveting TV Documentary”