The documentary primarily follows the journey of Dave Hackenberg and his friend David Mendes, both beekeepers who have seen CCD occur to their hives. The two travel around the US and to France to find solutions towards CCD. The film also looks into the lives of other beekeepers and how they are battling this issue.
This film for sure cleared my misconception of what CCD is actually defined to be, which is honeybees abandoning their queen and young. In addition, it busts various speculations on what the causes CCD in honeybee colonies. Speculations such as the Varroa mite, viruses, and cell phones were all said to be false, and that the main contributor to CCD is actually pesticide use-- specifically systemic pesticides that are designed to last for a very long time.
My favorite part of this film would have to be the part where Hackenberg and Mendes travels to France. According to the film, beekeepers in France have also dealt with this issue in 1994 and have found that bees were leaving the hive around the same time systemic pesticides were being used on crops. French beekeepers then staged many protests against the use of pesticides. The government complied and since then honeybee populations have bounced back.
But then Hackenberg discusses that unlike European governments, the U.S. government, specifically the EPA, does not look into the issue directly, but instead asks manufacturers (like Bayer) to send them information to then assess. By following this procedure, safety is considered secondary.
By watching this documentary, I have gained a greater insight towards situation for honeybees and CCD. Rather than looking at this issue with disregard, I feel like we should look at all pollinators with equal concern and find a way that will be able to benefit a majority.