Last year we shared a series of innovative films that had been entered into the Real Food Films short film contest. The winners covered a variety of topics in a number of different styles, all sharing stories with a common theme: sustainable food and farming.

This year another eight brilliant finalists were handpicked as winners across a number of categories. Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking about each of them, and inviting you to watch the films.

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Did you know that every one in three bits of food we eat is thanks to the hard work of bees? We can’t afford to lose them.

There are lots of contributing factors to the extreme decrease in the numbers of bees – from air pollution to drought and much more. But one crucial factor is neurotoxic pesticides. Plants that are showered with pesticides, directly pass on the toxic chemicals to the bee through its nectar. Poisoned bees not only die in pain, but often carry the disease back to the hive, infecting the rest of the colony.

“We can’t afford to lose our bees.”

Watch the film above to learn how to protect and nurture the bee population. We’ll be sharing another short film next week, but for now visit Real Food Media for more information.