This video from the USA is called Honey Bee Mystery.
From British daily The Independent:
Beekeepers protest over hive deaths
More money for research demanded as disease, mites and weather wipe out insects
By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
In top-to-toe white outfits with distinctive veiled hoods, they do not look like the usual kind of protesters to march on Downing Street.
Two billion bees – one in three of Britain’s honey bee colonies – have been lost over the past 12 months, in the worst losses ever seen in the UK. Yet the causes are unclear, and the apiarists fear there is nothing to prevent a similar devastation this winter – but the Government, they say, is letting it happen.
Hundreds of members of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) from all over the country will deliver a petition to No 10 signed by more than 140,000 members of the public, calling for an immediate increase in research funding – from what the BBKA terms the “paltry” £200,000 currently spent annually on bee health research, to £1.6m annually for the next five years.
The association claims that pollination by bees would be worth £825m to the agricultural economy over the same period, and says they are asking for less than 1 per cent of that. But the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says that it cannot afford it.
“The increased funding we are asking for is a drop in the ocean compared to the billions of pounds the government has found for bank bailouts,” said Tim Lovett, the BBKA president.
See also here.
Bees were kept during Roman times for honey. Bee keeping is similar in modern times with every intention of keeping the bees alive and healthy: here.
Sarah Palin and US fruitfly research: here.
US to ban toxic insecticide Endosulfan: here.