I saw this documentary last night on PBS. It's called "Silence of the Bees". The film explores the importance of bees to our ecosystem, as well as the reason as to why the bees are slowly becoming extinct.
To a simpleton such as myself, I never really cared for bees. I thought of them as hostile and dangerous bugs. I've never been stung, but I did have to pee on a chick's leg before. I didn't actually whip it out and pee on her leg, I used a cup. C'mon, give me some points for keeping it gentleman like.
I never thought of how important this little insect was until I saw this documentary. What tripped me out was, in China, there are these pear farmers who have no bees in their region, so they have to pollinate the trees themselves. What took a couple hours for a million bees, took weeks for a handful of human workers. The thing was, the bees were free, humans weren't. Well, I'm not sure about China labor laws, so don't quote me boy.
Another thing I found funny was that the American scientists were blaming the Australian bees for killing off the entire bee population. The Aussies were not amused. So to combat the problem, they're looking into cross breeding bees from different countries. But I think the last time they did that, they gave birth to what is now known as the "Killer Bee".
|DO NOT POKE THAT BEE!|
Well, if it means breeding another monster bee, go ahead and get it done Science. We're depending on you.
A snippet from the episode is here. You can watch the show in its entirety at PBS.com [link]