YDL Presents: Vanishing of the Bees

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Ypsilanti District Library in cooperation with Whole Foods and the Ypsilanti Food Co-Op will present the acclaimed documentary Vanishing of the Bees on Wednesday, July 25 at 6:15 pm at YDL-Whittaker.  This presentation is part of the Do Something Reel Film Festival and is FREE and open to the public. Following the film, there will be an opportunity to discuss what can be done locally to help beekeepers.

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 U.S., 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.

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