by Jenise Silva, published on August 3, 2011 - 1:00 PM|
As you've probably heard, life's not so sweet for honey bees these days. Most Americans love honey, and know that it comes from hives of industrious bees. But what they may not know is that one in three bites of food that hit the American plate is pollinated by honey bees, and that the bee population is in an ongoing decline.
A new documentary, The Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page (of Juno fame and general hotness), is trying to change that, by raising awareness of the plight of bees.
The film tells the tale of scientists and environmentalists who have been studying decreased bee populations, and more specifically "Colony Collapse Disorder", for some time. But they still dont know exactly what causes the problem. As scientists struggle with determining the cause, organic beekeepers believe it is industrialized food production and the use of commercial pesticides that are responsible for this devastating loss.
The documentary travels across the US and Asia following a pair of beekeepers as they work to keep their bees healthy while they fulfill their commercial crop pollination contracts. And of course the ever present czar of all things sustainable, Michael Pollan, makes an appearance to give his 2 cents on the plight of the bees.
The Pink Door owner, Jackie Roberts has become an avid beekeeper so she wants to help make life a little sweeter for the honey bee. Thats why shes hosting an evening of film and conversation this Sunday, August 7 at 6pm. Theyll be a screening of the film, complimentary antipasti and a post film conversation with beekeepers from Seattle's Urban Bee Project. Admission is 5 bucks at the door and all proceeds go to support education and community outreach to foster a healthier habitat for bees.