Vanishing of the Bees: A documentary about honeybees, our food supply, and you!

By Elizabeth Forbes

Editor’s Note: Elizabeth is a backyard beekeeper in Bowling Green, Kentucky, keeping bees because she is “fascinated by their finely tuned social system and the important role they play in our environment.”  She has four hives, and noted that she could “write an essay on what I love about bees.”

The Allen County Beekeepers Association, in cooperation with  Au Naturel Farm, the SKY Farmers Market, the Earth Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, and Falling Springs Flower Farm have all joined in an effort  to co-sponsor a free, public screening of the award winning documentary, Vanishing of the Bees.

For those who may not be familiar, Vanishing of the Bees follows two commercial beekeepers as they try to keep their businesses afloat after discovering massive bee die-offs in their hives. First brought to light in 2006, the mysterious phenomenon later named Colony Collapse Disorder continues to plague honeybee colonies and beekeepers in the United States and around the world.

The search for answers leads these men on a journey around the globe, and they uncover research to suggest the use of systemic pesticides in our industrial farming practices is having sub-lethal effects on the honeybee’s ability to navigate, forage for food, and fight off diseases and pests.

If these pesticides, used on a growing number of our fruit and vegetable crops, are killing our honeybees, what might they doing to us?  Many compare the plight of today’s honeybee to the proverbial “canary in the coal mine.”

What are these bee die-offs telling us about the health of our environment and our food supply?  If you care about what you eat and what you feed your family, and/or you consider yourself a nature enthusiast, or if you just love honeybees, this eye opening film is a must-see.

This free showing of Vanishing of the Bees will take place on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH), on WKU’s campus. Following the film, we will have a panel discussion and allow for questions and answers. Our hope in having a panel discussion is to put this topic into perspective while offering solutions to families on ways to promote healthier pollinator habitat, farming, and eating.

Others who have donated their time, talent and resources to this event include the Warren County Beekeepers Association, and local friends of the bees Shanna Paul, Tom Meacham, and Michele Boling. We sincerely hope you will join us!  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Forbes at eforbes30@insightbb.com.

Editor’s Note:  There are other showings of Vanishing of the Bees occurring around the world. A partial listing may be found at http://www.vanishingbees.com, where you may also obtain a copy of this critical video.

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