The Murder of the Honeybee

Wednesday 16 January 6.30pm
Where: Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AP
UK Premiere

The Netherlands 2011
Directors: researcher Manon Blaas, Hetty Nietsch
Producers: Wendel Hesen, Mascha Boogaard
Language: Dutch with English Subtitles

The critical level of bee mortality is a major threat to our food supply. Eighty percent of all plants on earth depend on pollination by bees for reproduction and evolution. Of all the countries in Europe, the Netherlands has the largest bee mortality rate. 

This documentary investigates the possible link between the use of a new insecticide, Imidacloprid, and the rise of bee mortality. The link is denied by both the insecticide producers and the chief advisor to the Duch government; Wageningen University and Recearch Centre (WUG). And yet the use of this chemical is prohibited in France as it was found to be linked to the death of bee population.

Can the honeybees be saved?

Manon Blaas began her career in 1992 as an editor/reporter at TROS / Veronica Sport.
Two years later she became a documentary maker for EO Antenne of the Dutch National
Broadcasting. In 1995 she became an editor of Today on TROS (Dutch National
Broadcasting). She also presented and edited the science pr