As part of its documentary series « Cruel World », devoted to the « sixth great extinction », the magazine « 1:15 pm Sunday » ((Facebook, Twitter, # 1:15 p.m.) tells the story of an endangered species: bees. Their decline, which began in the 1990s, is worldwide. Its causes: parasites, pesticides, less diversity of flowers, etc. In France, the mortality of bee colonies has reached 30% in fifteen years.
Meet two enthusiasts who are trying to preserve them: Frank, a Vendee beekeeper, has been fighting for twenty years to have bee-killer insecticides banned; Roch, an apitherapist, travels the world in search of beehive products that can be useful for health.
Would a world without bees be viable?
Emmanuelle Chartoire, David Geoffrion and Fanny Martino have notably traveled to Mexico, and to Cuba, one of the only places in the world where bees are preserved. To bee or not to be… a title in the form of a play on words (bee means bee in English), but a serious question: would life be possible in a world without bees?
Frank and Roch fight to save these insects, convinced that in the end, it will be the Man who would suffer from their disappearance. These tireless workers indeed make not only honey, but also other substances very useful to the human race …
> Bees: to bee or not to be
The decline in bees, which began in the 1990s, is worldwide. Its causes: parasites, pesticides, less diversity of flowers, etc.
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