Millions and millions of bees have disappeared in 2007 and 2008. Seemingly unmotivated, without any prior symptoms of illness or infection they have disappeared from a hive saturated with honey – never to reappear at any other place, but also without leaving any dead bodies behind. Helpless the queen and the young stay behind and die the slow and painful death of starvation. Just to get the picture: 80% of the population of Manhattan, Zurich and Berlin has disappeared, including the entire administration, the police, houses and flats deserted, the cupboards are filled with money yet there is no one left to steal it. In the cribs and nurseries there are babies and toddlers, whining, starving. Despite intensive research science has not managed to come up with an explanation. This is worrying because there is more at stake than honey: Today the bee is one of the most important farm animal within the modern, globalised agricultural industry. Without pollination services provided by billions of honeybees, a large part of our fruit and vegetables – even meat - would never end up on our plates. The dependency is mutual. It is not just humans profiting from the bees – but vice versa. The bee followed in man’s footsteps in its worldwide expansion. But now the balance of power seems to shift in the contract between man and bee. Is it just a momentary fluke or are we facing the early stages of total system collapse? Life and survival depends upon a mutual respect between parasite and host. A successful parasite allows the host to live – it is not the survival of the fittest, it is the most adaptable, who survives. Now our collaboration with our most important farm animal does not work as smoothly any more. Is it the bees? Or is it us? Even Albert Einstein predicted: If bees are extinct, man will surely follow within four years.
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Bayrischer Rundfunk, Schweizer Fernsehen, Eurimages, Filmfonds Wien, Österreichisches Filminstitut, ORF Film- Fernsehabkommen, Media Projektentwicklung, BAK, G+B Schwyzer Stiftung, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Aargauer Kuratorium, George Foundation, BAFU, SRG SSR idée suisse, Succès Cinéma