I love watching animation. My friends and family sometimes laugh at me and say “you’re not seven anymore, why are you watching these type of movies?” They can laugh all they want, I don’t pay them any mind. I know the perception of children’s movies is that it’s just entertainment, but for anyone who has seen movies like Meet the Robinsons, Up!, Walle, the Lorax, the Bee Movie, How to Train your Dragon, the list goes on, these movies carry deeper meaning.
These movies carry a lesson and we need to wake up and pay attention. Look past the color, the songs, and pay attention to the symbolism and the message that is being delivered.
I read a New York Times article today about the collapse of bees. As I was reading through the article, I kept remembering snippets of the Bee Movie. In that movie, when all the bees stopped pollinating, the balance of nature was disrupted and things began to spiral out of control.
Why you need to care
Reading that 40 to 50 percent of hives needed to pollinate our fruits and vegetables have been wiped out, is disconcerting. This is a serious issue, not only for ecosystem, but our economy. Since all people talk the same language when it comes to money, lets discuss what this could possibly do to your pockets.
Approximately one-fourth of the American diet relies on pollination. With the decline of bee hives, that means there will be smaller harvests and an increase in food prices. Which to me could cause a chain reaction, health wise. For example, If I am a parent who needs to make food choices for my children and I am low-income, am I going to buy apples that now cost 4 dollars a pound or will I get some junk food that’s 99 cents a bag? In terms of industry, this impacts beekeepers and farmers alike, this is their livihood, they will need to increase prices to survive.
Why are these bees dying?
Prior to 2005 (yes this has been happening for a very long time), only about 5 to 10 percent of bee hives were lost during pollination season, now it is up to 50 percent! Something is wrong. Something is wrong and scientists still have not come to a conclusive answer. Many blame droughts, pesticides, resistance to pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
It is mind boggling that a conclusive answer has not been found.
Analysts had documented about 150 chemical residues in pollen and wax gathered from beehives. “Where do you start?” Dr. Eric Mussen said. “When you have all these chemicals at a sublethal level, how do they react with each other? What are the consequences?” Experts say nobody knows – Michael Wines, NY Times
Do you really need to be a scientist to know that the consequences are the bees are dying, our ecosystem is being disrupted, illness is on the rise, and food prices will skyrocket. Sometimes, I wonder if common sense should be a degree.
We as consumers need to open our eyes. Stop living life on autopilot. Start questioning why. Start doing your research. Ask yourself why are things like the Monsanto Protection Act being passed? Why aren’t these industry giants being held accountable? Why are humans playing God? When will our curiosity be satisfied? Why are your children getting sick? Why are food prices so high? Why, why, why?
After you ask the why, your eyes will start to open. Once your eyes start to open, you will get angry and irritated. And once you are irritated, you will start to demand change. When we all demand change, guess what? Change comes. Lets just hope it isn’t too late for our generation.
An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.
Photo Credit: Max Wesby