The Pollinators

The Pollinators

The Pollinators

USA (2019) 92 minutes
Directed by: Peter Nelson

Thousands of semi-trailers crisscross the country in the dead of night delivering goods through the darkness to stores, warehouses and factories nationwide. But some of them carry an unsuspected and highly unusual cargo – honey bees. Tens of billions of them are transported back and forth from one end of the US to the other in a unique annual migration that’s indispensable to the feeding of America. One out of every three bites we eat, the growth of almost all our fruits, nuts and vegetables, would be impossible without the pollination of bees. But the bees themselves are at devastating risk from a number of environmental hazards – namely pesticides and the pernicious Varra mite that feeds on bees and their larvae. As agribusiness reduces diversity by growing monocultures, there is less forage for bees which is less healthy and also limits their ability to gather nectar and make honey. Over the past decade and a half, many of the nation’s beekeepers have lost as much as sixty percent or more of their bees.