"Vanishing of the Bees" Documentary Opens Saturday in Tempe

Bee on coneflower
Bee on coneflower
Carol Blonder

There's actually a name (and even an acronym!) for the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee population: Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. The problem for the honeybee and the crops we depend on the bees to pollinate (one third of all food crops globally) is the lack of answers to the cause of the bees' demise and more importantly, a solution.

CCD could be the 21st Century canary in the coal mine for the safety of our agricultural food supply. Researchers are examining the obvious factors; single crop agriculture, loss of biodiversity, loss of natural bee habitats, pesticides, and exposure to disease from imported bees.

Follow the jump to learn more and help solve the mystery.

Central Slope and Humble Seed will be hosting the Arizona film premier of the new documentary, Vanishing of the Bees. The documentary takes a hard look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.

Event Details:
Saturday, November 6, 5:00 pm
MADCAP Theaters
730 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona
Individual tickets may be purchased online MADCAP Theaters. A portion of all sales will benefit Save the Honeybee Foundation.

What you can do to help the bees:

See the documentary.

Plant a variety of blooming plants in your garden.
Check the Xerces Society website or Pollinator Partnership for bee friendly varieties in Arizona.

Limit the use of pesticides on your lawns and in the garden.

Support local fruit and vegetable growers, that farm organically, at your farmers' market.

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