The Wild Ones to show film Vanishing of the Bees

Photo Courtesy Wikimedia

Photo Courtesy Wikimedia

FLINT — The Flint River Chapter of Wild Ones will host a screening of the documentary, Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, on March 14. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 1301 of Mott Community College’s Regional Technology center.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling 810-762-0455.

Vanishing of the Bees is an 86-minute documentary which explores the cultural practices of bee keeping and possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). According to information listed on the film’s website, honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

The CCD 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. The film also explores the balance of trade in the honey industry.

Vanishing of the Bees follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as they plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. The film was produced by Long Live the Queen LLC.

“This film provides a comprehensive view from the perspectives of farmers and beekeepers in the food production industries,” said Rebecca Gale-Gonzales, Wild Ones president.

“As part of the discussion following the screening, we will present the findings of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a group that partnered with bumblebee researchers and found that native bumblebees are also suffering. Xerces provides sound recommendations for helping us deal with this pervasive problem, and first on that list was to provide a diversity of native plants to support pollinators,” she said.

Wild Ones is an environmental education and advocacy group that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity though the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. For more information about Wild Ones, please call Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez, Mott Community College Marketing Assistant/ Web Content Manager, who also serves as the group’s president at 810-762-0455. — M.O.

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