Vanishing of the Bees – Film Screening, July 20th

Vanishing of the BeesJoin Bon Appétit Management Company and Slow Food Seattle for a free screening of the documentary, Vanishing of the Bees on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30pm, Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University.

Q&A to follow the film with local beekeepers and supporters (including Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company; Sarah Bergmann, founder of The Pollinator Pathway; and Rob Stevens of Fairview Farm Apiary), moderated by Buzz Hofford of Bon Appétit.

FREE event - RSVP to http://conta.cc/beemovie by Monday, July 18th to ensure a seat.

Spread the word, here’s a vanishing bees poster to share with friends, colleagues, and your community.

Learn more about CCD and sign the Slow Food USA petition to the EPA here.

Questions? Contact Buzz Hofford or Vera Chang.

From the film’s website:

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

RSVP here