My thoughts: Great closeups of the bees and very informative to the non beekeeping public. HOWEVER, the program was a bit over the top with the DOOM and GLOOM, the SKY is FALLING mentality. The cause of the CCD in at this point is still inconclusive, and WHO the heck said the Honeybee faces extinction (sp) by 2035 :?
IMO, if we don't scream doom & gloom nobody will listen. An old saying goes: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."
Also, if people think that honeybees could be extinct by 2035 maybe they'll do something, but personally, I think the extinct by 2035 came from the same ether that the 99% die off of feral bees came from.
I watched both this and the 60 minutes piece. Both seemed fair to me. The usual gloom and doom you get from PBS and CBS but not bad.
I really liked the Chinese hand pollinating their pear crop.
I liked both programs too. I think the hand pollinating in an area that had become (and continues to be) deadly to honeybees due to over use of chemicals was very illustrative of what can happen if action isn't taken.
The other thing we need to do is get honeybees viewed as livestock by the WTO and not a plant organism as it is currently. With WTO defining honeybees as vegitation it makes it much harder to control and inspect shipments--Read the article by Jim Fischer, "Beepocalypse Now
" in the November issue of Bee Culture