This Saturday, July 24, 2010 is …
At Audubon Greenwich
Enjoy an afternoon at Audubon Greenwich this Saturday when the local beekeepers harvest honey and the Audubon screens two ground-breaking films that investigate answers to what is causing the colony collapse disorder (CCD) in honeybee colonies. Below are all the details about the day’s events. Note: RSVPs for the films are required b/c the space is limited!
Honey Harvesting: With the Backyard Beekeepers Association
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visitors are invited to stop by to see how the honey is taken out of the hive and bottled. Help “spin” the honey from the wax combs. Honey may also be available for purchase (while supplies last). All ages. No charge. No RSVP required. Downhill in the red barn. Sponsored and staffed by the Backyard Beekeepers Association.
Film Screenings: ‘Vanishing of the Bees’ & ‘Nicotine Bees’
A double-feature of films dedicated to the native bees and honeybees we all depend on.
In 2005-2006, something happened and a sharp, catastrophic collapse of bee colonies in dozens of countries occurred simultaneously. This was unlike anything seen before, even by the oldest beekeepers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. And contrary to popular belief, the jury is not out on what happened. It seems that bees are now being bombarded by pesticides made of synthetic nicotine that is bonded with cyanide. This new material hit the market in 1995 and in 2005, when the patents expired, many companies around the globe released their versions of the same chemicals. Ever since, bees and other insects have been paying the price for this new class of poison. And since these systemic pesticides spread throughout the whole plant (pollen, nectar, leaf, etc.), there is no escape for honey bees or the hundreds of other native bee species that plant depend on for pollination. So, … Come learn what the world’s top beekeepers and scientists have discovered since CCD started and then you can decide for yourself what the causes of honeybee die-offs are.
Space is limited. Advance tickets required. RSVP to Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239. Just $15/person includes admission to both films and refreshments that will include ‘mead’ wine (made from honey) and bee-inspired snacks between movies. PLUS – DVD copies of ‘Nicotine Bees’ will be available for purchase for just $15.
Vanishing of the Bees is a 2009 documentary film by Hive Mentality Films & Hipfuel Films, directed by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. The film is touted as the most important film since An Inconvenient Truth and takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and spiritual implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The feature-length documentary narrated by Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page examines the current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and honeybee. The story centers around the sudden disappearance of honeybees from beehives around the world, caused by the poorly understood phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. Although the film does not draw any firm scientific conclusions as to the precise cause or causes of CCD, it does suggest a link between the Neonicotinoid group of pesticides and CCD. NOTE: THIS WILL BE THE FIRST PUBLIC SCREENING OF THIS FILM IN THE U.S.A. PRESS CONTACT FOR THIS FILM: Maryam Henein at 323-640-9710.
Nicotine Bees is a 2010 documentary film by Kevin Hansen. The goal of the film is to get to the truth about why the honeybees of the world are in big trouble, and why our food supply is in trouble with them. The answers are clear – and have been for several years. They filmed on 3 continents to find out the real reasons why bees are in catastrophic decline – and why many people don’t want the real story to be told. The answers have been right in front of us: the worldwide, simultaneous die-off’s of honeybees – with a strange set of behaviors seen everywhere. With the continuing bee collapse, one third of our food supply is at risk – yet despite the clear-cut scientific data, especially from Europe, in news reports this is issue is still called “mysterious.” The answers are clear-cut from evidence from Europe and the US, from observations of similar effects from Europe to Canada to India, and in dozens of states across the US. The film systematically rules out the other possible causes of this massive die-off to find the one underlying explanation that really works: all over the world, at the same time, with the same bizarre behaviors: bees simply leave their precious honey and young bees behind. They don’t come home and Nicotine Bees is ready to show what has happened. PRESS CONTACT FOR THIS FILM: Kevin Hansen: 505-818-7217.
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