The day begins early for worker Tao, which attracts your protective clothing, and brought from one of the buses to the fields. The seats are full, the petite women look straight ahead, the view from the window is the same as every day. As the Bus stops, you get out and spread in all directions. An overseer of the Tao to one of the trees, before rising with practiced, rapid movements in its Branches. A branch cracking threat, the looks on the rather menacingly in your direction. In one Hand she carries a bowl with Pollen, in the other a fine brush to pollinate the flowers of the trees. When the first whistle blows, the workers for a half-hour to eat. Then you climb back into the Branches, until the evening, every day. The trees extend further than the eye can see, there are no days off, there is only this world and can spend an hour in the evening, the Tao with your son.

Background: the world bienentag

Since 2018 bienentag annually in the World at 20. May committed. The proposal came from Slovenia and was accepted by the United Nations. The date marks the birthday of Anton Janša. The Slovenian is considered to be a pioneer of modern apiculture.

The scenario, the Maja Lunde creates in her novel “the story of The bees”, is bleak. She tells of giant fruit tree plantations in China in the year 2098, and of equally great places to Work, in which women and their families live in small apartments, of the few wage you could earn with the pollination. There are no more bees, which could take over your work.

The utopia that is no more

last year, the debut work of the Norwegian author for powerful sensation and breathed the already ongoing debate to save the bees a new lease of life provided. In these days of one or the other might remember their words that no longer appear in the light of the recently published UN report on biodiversity, not so utopian.

insects die

Save the bees! Because without it, it would make us all bad

Norbert Höfler

in Germany Alone, taken in the half of the wild bee-stock, is considered to be endangered in China have decimated the bees by the use of pesticides, in the meantime, to the extent that in many places, is pollinated by Hand. Not a mind game, but reality. The reality is that beekeepers in the USA to your bees in Trucks across the country to the farmers, which they have rented for a short period of time. Then they pollinate the plants and are re-charged, back on the Highway, to the next bee poor area. The beekeeper will guard their charges with Argus eyes, they fear the phenomenon of “Colony Collapse Disorder” (abbreviated to CCD), calling in the USA, the sudden death of entire bee colonies.

the story of The bees is a story of Together, the glue that holds the Whole thing together. 90 percent of the global production of food consist of plants, 71 per cent of them are dependent on pollination by bees. How about a world in which bees no longer exist?

With the bees, the plants

die Pollinate by Hand is time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly. The more orchards are pollinated by humans, the more expensive the fruit is.


diseases, pesticides, parasites

beekeepers about bees dying: “The sight reminds me of thalidomide-children”

Ilona Kriesl

get a Simple food like Apples, raspberries, tomatoes, and nuts to luxury items, which are not offered across the Board.

researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan school of public health in Boston, came four years ago to the conclusion that the extinction of bees would lead to every year, 1.4 million additional deaths because of crop failures fuelled a lack of Vitamin A and Vitamin B, as well as the increase of cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer.

figurehead of a diseased system

While people are still on vitamin supplements, Doctors, and medications can rely, remains of other herbivores “only” nature. The Population of the species is not already clear, because many of the animals find enough food. Reminder: bees pollinate 80 percent of our crops and wild plants. The UN report from Paris of a Million species will be threatened in the coming years and decades. Already, nine percent of all livestock are extinct breeds.

The bee has become the figurehead of this development, because it fulfills a key function in our Ecosystem. It’s not about the endangered giant tortoise, the lack of flowers on the coffee table, the vitamin deficiency or the workers who pollinate to low-wage plants. They are only symptoms of a diseased system. If with the bees, 80 percent of our plants die, instead, an army of people in protective suits flitting through the Branches, and we need to produce crops and feed for the animal world, artificially, want to experience the year 2098, there?

sources: Medical magazine “The Lancet”, Greenpeace, FONA – research for sustainable development, United Nations, “history of bees” by Maja Lunde (btb Verlag), “World Bee Day”