Film tip – more than honey

"When the bees die out, humans die out four years later." The sentence is said to have been written by Albert Einstein, the documentary "More than Honey" gets to the bottom of it.

The lovely bees fly happily in the great outdoors, occasionally pollinate a flower and conjure up their sweet honey. Anyone who has never dealt with bees before may believe in such a happy bee life. But the bee is a very hard worker. She swarms from early in the morning until late at night and pollinates 80 percent of all plants. We humans make use of that.

More than honey: as farm animals on the country road

More than Honey shows how around 1.5 million bee colonies in the United States – roughly one third of the entire US bee population – are driven across the country in large trucks to pollinate 77 million almond trees. When the work is done, it goes on to the next plantation, depending on what is blooming, no matter how far the path is.

"More than honey" gets to the bottom of bee death. (Photo © More than Honey)

At each new station, the truck beekeepers take whole colonies dead from their sticks. The transport itself affects the bees, as does the one-sided diet, sprayed pesticides and antibiotics, which are administered to them to ward off pests.

No more bees, no plants, no animals, no more people

Since about 2010 beekeepers everywhere have complained that about a third of their peoples do not survive winter. This is not only sad for the beekeepers and their bees, dying can endanger our entire food production. The Oscar-nominated Swiss director Markus Imhoof gets to the bottom of the mysterious bee death with More than Honey.

The film primarily illustrates bee mortality in the USA, and possible reasons for it. Because there is sometimes no beekeeping culture with trucks and the like in Europe. But even here – and the film doesn’t show that – there are many possible man-made reasons for more and more dead bees. And since the film’s release in 2012, they have been better researched.

Maybe soon we won’t be able to smear honey on the breakfast roll anymore. But global bee death could have far more serious consequences …

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Nevertheless, More than Honey is still a very worth seeing film, six years after its release, which shows deep insights into the life of the bees.

It is debated whether the following warning actually came from Albert Einstein’s mouth. But the tight foresight certainly corresponds to the genius of the physicist: “If the bees disappear, humans have only four years to live; no more bees, no plants, no animals, no more humans. "

You can watch More than Honey (2012) online (e.g. at,) or buy it on DVD / Blu-ray (e.g. at **,,).

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