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Toxic Bees- Human Intervention

Toxic Bees—Human Intervention is a science program born of Taiwan Public Television Service’s concerns regarding environmental sustainability. Taking mass bee deaths as a point of departure, the program chronicles a litany of agrochemical misuse that has harmed both human health and the environment, and probes the shortcomings and blind spots inherent in current government policy. The viewer is left with a sobering message: the misuse of agrochemicals is creating an irreversible disaster.

  • Yen-Ming LAI
  • IFA Media
  • Yen-Ming LAI
  • Jessie SHIH
    Executive Producer
  • Guo-Wei HU
  • Jin-Liang CHEN
  • Yi-Chung LO
    Sound Mixing
  • Yen-Ming LAI
  • Li-Fu YU
  • Yu-Fan WU
  • Steven CHEN
  • Jin-Siang JHAN
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  • Genres:
    Environment, Sustainability, Nature, Policy
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    110,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Japan, Taiwan, United States
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Distribution Information
  • Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation
    Country: Taiwan
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Yen-Ming LAI

Mr. Yen-Ming Lai started his career as a visual director, served in major broadcasters in Taiwan. With directing expertise, he has produced several international co-production documentaries recognized by international awards including New York Film Festival, Jackson Hole Media Award, FIPA and BANFF Rockie Awards since 2007. He is now the EP of The Asia Pitch (TAP), judge of The Asian TV Awards (ATA) and the producer/ section chief of International Dept. in Public TV Service, Taiwan.

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Director Statement

What exactly is the effect of power and connections? What could make the issue of food safety—surely a no-brainer—so complicated? The agrochemical industry insists there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of a link between the misuse of agrochemicals and sickness among humans. Science should be used to improve human health, but nowadays it seems to be a pretext for evading responsibility. We point to the distortion of the value of food in modern societies and consider how agrochemicals can be used healthily and managed effectively before their use exhausts the global ecosystem. The documentary enables the viewer to adopt a perspective that goes beyond national boundaries with substantive reflection on the global environment, an issue of such importance for the health of the next generation.