This just came from Graham White. If you have any interest at all in the issue of bees and systemic pesticides it deserves your time and attention. And if you are a beekeeper and plan to continue to be one, this subject demands your attention. The English subtitles are good but those of you who speak French will probably have an easier time of it. I encourage you to watch the entire documentary because it is playing out here in the U.S. in the same way.
The French bee-deaths documentary, “Temoin Genant,” is now on YouTube. It deals with the disaster which struck the French beekeeping industry as far back as 1994 when over 400,000 colonies a year were killed following the introduction of the systemic neurotoxin Imidacloprid/Gaucho for use on sunflowers and maize.
The film reveals is the fact that Bayer lied from the very outset about the effect of this pesticide for bees and other pollinators. It shows how the science was ignored, corrupted, distorted and buried for over ten years and how any scientist who dared to stand up for the truth was threatened, intimidated, bullied, transferred … careers were ruined, people’s lives were seriously damaged. The ONLY thing that worked for the French beekeepers was direct action; the science didn’t work; the regulators didn’t work; the politicians didn’t work and the government didn’t work. The only thing that brought action from the government was thousands of bee-farmers blocking the roads of Paris and causing a huge commotion. That worked.
– Graham White