Already regarded as a definitive work on bees and the decline of the world’s honeybee population, More than Honey, directed by Markus Imhoof, is a captivating journey into the unseen world inside the beehive. Watching the documentary I was spellbound from the moment the film opened to the eerie drone of buzzing bees and curiously placed shots of honeybees working in their hive. From start to finish the film utilized cinematic shots to elicit the empathy of their viewers and engage them in a whirlwind exploration of the causes leading to the current crisis the honeybee faces today. The film’s plot is constructed through a sequence of interviews featuring a great range of characters from all over the globe including scientists, farmers, and curious bystanders that all offer unique perspectives on the crisis of the dwindling honeybee population. Their interviews were seamlessly woven together in a compelling narrative that slowly revealed astonishing facts and disturbing figures. We began the story in Switzerland with aging beekeeper Fred Jaggi who speaks about his grandfather’s experience in beekeeping and his own relationship to the honeybee. John Miller, an almond farmer, hails from California and speaks of the bee’s critical role to the agricultural industry and its direct impact on his livelihood. Because he imports his honeybees all the way from Australia, he also talked about the honeybee’s role in the global economy and the use of genetically modified/ specially bred bees in farming and the ethics of production. The ethics behind honeybee breeding are further explored through Heidrun and Liane Singer, scientists/ farmers from Australia who provide the honeybees used on Miller’s almond farm. By removing queen bees from their hives they fool entire colonies to raise new queen bees, thus manipulating nature’s cycle and facilitating the artificial creation of new colonies to ship across the globe. Randolf Menzel, a German neurologist, explains how this phenomena is possible due to the neurology of the bee, which lends itself to bees acting like neurons in a collective brain operating a hive. Across the globe, we witness the effects of the dwindling honeybee population through Zhang Zhao Su, a poor Chinese farmer who sells small packages of pollen. We then meet Fred Terry, a man with an interesting take on killer bees. Though dangerous, he believes they may be the answer to recuperating the world bee population because they are more resilient and have not fallen prey to domesticity in agriculture or disease. Throughout the story, interviews were introduced and embellished by voice-over narration from legendary British actor John Hurt. The use of narration in the film was interesting to open the film and offer additional facts and figures about bees, and I agree that the use of a narrator added to the film. Because the film contained some dense scientific information and had to tie together stories told in several different languages, I think the average viewer would have been lost without some further clarification about what was happening beyond the interviews. While some critics say they found the narration distracting, I enjoyed that it was very poetically written and airy, adding an even greater sense of beauty and mystery to the world of the bee. Watching “More Than Honey” didn’t necessarily sway me to think differently about the decline of the honeybee- as an environmentally conscious young person I already recognized the decline of the world bee population as a disturbing problem. However, watching this documentary certainly did better inform me of some of the key facts surrounding bees and their role in agriculture. Perhaps more significantly, in learning more about the honeybee my eyes were truly opened to the severity of the consequences of the death of our most important agricultural agent- 70% of human food crops and 90% of wild plants rely on the bee for pollination. The numbers are relatively easy to
eggs) Complete proteins contain adequate amounts of all essential amino acids.
INCOMPLETE- Vegetable proteins (grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and other vegetables) are incomplete proteins because they are missing, or do not have enough of, one or more of the essential amino acids. Incomplete proteins can combine to form complete proteins. Eg Mexican beans with corn tortillas
Deficient in protein: - swelling of the tissue
- slow healing
- stunt growth
Chem – Preliminary – Water
Water is a habitat:
Water bodies have the advantage that they show less temperature fluctuations than do land
and air masses.
Define the terms solute, solvent and solution.
A Solute is the substance (solid) that is placed in a solvent (liquid), and dissolved to produce a solution (a
combination of a dissolved solute and a solvent).
It is a habitat for life forms such as fish, algae and bacteria – the place where they live.
Sec 1 – Water…
molecules. Carbohydrates are so named because the structural formula is typically (CH2O) n, where n is an integer such as 5 (C5H10O5), 6 (C6H12O6), etc. Although this formula might suggest that carbon atoms are joined to water, the actual molecules are more complicated.
For example, the glucose formula C6H12O6 suggest six carbon atoms and six water molecules.
Carbohydrates, which include the sugars and polysaccharides, have many important functions in biological systems.
Like most classes…
“Nectar That Gives Bees a Buzz Lures Them Back For More”
I chose this article for two main reasons. Reason one, I am a stage four caffeine addict. I get the shakes and wicked headaches if I don’t have my daily dose of this. Therefore, I related to this article and the poor honeybees with my same addiction. The second reason I chose this article is because I have an interest in Honey Bees. I used to draw them all the time as a kid and now I’m looking into a bee-keeping course here in the city. So…
had and make sense of new information in ways that really embedded the new learning. He suggested we learn best when new material is in the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) - not too easy, and just challenging enough that, with a little help from a more experienced person, we can master the material and shift our Zone upward. When I thought about this I realised this had been a model used widely for centuries to pass on skills and knowledge, from parent’s teaching their children basic survival skills…
coolant, medium for metabolic reactions and transport medium
Both plants and animals use the evaporation of water from the surfaces of their bodies to facilitate cooling (sweating and panting in animals, transpiration from leaves in plants)
Water can be used to carry heat to cooler places in our bodies (countercurrent exchange of thermal energy)
Medium for Metabolic Reactions
Water can dissolve many organic and inorganic substances to facilitate chemical reactions
Water can also absorb thermal…
Reflection on the development of academic and professional skill in year one
In this paper I am going to reflect on my professional and academic skills development throughout my first year at University. I began this course as a mature student hungry for education and a fresh challenge. During semester two, I found university quite hard as I am currently having family problems; as a result I had to learn to balance university life, part time job and regular trips back home (and that is Bulgaria)…
success in meeting the needs of the students.
The information provided in this assignment will allow me a better understanding of the variety of ways a student can learn. This will impact on my future as it will allow me to become a more successful classroom practitioner and allow me to recognise and cater for a variety of styles in…
SUGAR! Delicious and Deadly by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.
More than 30 years ago I noticed that eating sugared foods made me extremely tired in the mornings. A little sugar in the water to boil carrots gave me “sugar eyes” - that’s what I called the sense of glue in the morning as I tried to open my eyes. A cup of coffee and a donut would literally keep me from getting out of bed - I was habitually late for work. I did not realize it was the sugar until I stopped putting sugar in my coffee and replaced…
irony throughout the text.
Identify themes within the novel:
Power of language: Newspeak allows doublethink to occur easily, controls the way the people speak, if the people cannot use words to describe their feelings-it become more unlikely for them to rebel.Dumb them down, shows government's authority and power.
Power of government: Totalitarianism- Controls everything
Meaning of truth: Truth depends on the individual but the government controls the truth through History…