Synopses & Reviews
and#147;If 70 percent of all cattle or 30 percent of all chickens were to die annually, states of emergency would be declared everywhere. The death of bees is at least that dramatic and with even more far-reaching consequences.and#8221; More Than Honey
, the book based on the award-winning documentary of the same name, takes us on a global tour of the world of bees, introducing us along the way to and#147;killer bees,and#8221; Frankenbees, beekeepers, and human pollinators. Markus Imhoof and Claus-Peter Lieckfeld examine both the history and current status of our relationship to and reliance on bees, and expose the human behaviors that are contributing to the decline of the bee populationand#151;a decline that could ultimately contribute directly to a world food problem.
The authors intersperse information about the intricate social structure of the bee world and the problems faced by beesand#151;ranging from the ubiquitous Varroa destructor to overuse of pesticides and an ever-shrinking natural landscapeand#151;with conversations and interviews with beekeepers and bee experts from across the world, balancing the views of those who see bees as simply a valuable source of income with the views of those who see bees as undervalued, misunderstood creatures that need our help to survive. The end result is a fascinating, accessible overview of a species that is crucial to our survival.
In light of disastrous declines in bee populations in the early 21st century this book uses the bee and its relationship with humans to ask whether humans are a part of nature or only seek mastery of it. The authors consider the bee the production of honey and the ways people around the world partake in this process. The book based on Imhoof's 2013 documentary of the same name does discuss how bees fly and the secret of their amazing navigational skills but the main focus is on interactions between humans and bees. The authors interview large scale operators beekeepers breeders and scientists. Readers meet John Miller who owns 15000 bee colonies which he transports across much of the U.S. from North Dakota to California .depending on the season to pollinate crops for profit. In China Zhang Zhao Su works as a human pollinator because there are no bees left in northern China to pollinate fruit trees due to the use of pesticides. Enhanced by beautiful color photographs of bees this examination of the troubled relationship between humans and bees is a fascinating and educational read for anyone interested in the fate of both species. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
is an Oscar-nominated Swiss filmmaker and director of the international award-winning documentary More Than Honey
. He is descended from a long line of beekeepers. Claus-Peter Lieckfeld
co-founded and edited the German ecological magazine Natur.
He currently works as a freelance writer, and in addition to co-authoring several books, has written numerous articles on nature. Both live in Berlin.