It’s no secret that bees and other pollinators are in trouble. At the panel discussion following the Portland film premiere of “More Than Honey,” an audience member voiced her frustration at the myriad hypothesis for colony collapse and other maladies. She wanted a definitive answer to the question of what’s killing the insects that are responsible for a third of our food.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Unlike another bee movie, The Vanishing of the Bees, that's a stinging indictment of pesticide use, More Than Honey suggests it’s most likely a combination of industrial agriculture, pesticides, cross breeding, parasites, and disease. It’s a gorgeous film with astounding close-up footage of bee life (How does a camera follow bees mating in flight?). That alone is reason enough to buzz on down to the Hollywood Theatre where More Than Honey screens on Tuesday and Thursday.
And, close to home and hive, check out The Oregonian’s front-page feature on local beekeepers Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels as they seek to breed Northeast Portland queen bees that can survive the winter.