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The Buzz: Don’t Miss the Exclusive Arizona Film Premier of Vanishing of the Bees

October 16th, 2010

 

Back in August, you may have read our blog post Colony Collapse Disorder and Vanishing of the Bees. From the moment we learned about this documentary we thought, “This is a film that everyone needs to see!” Since then, Humble and Seed and Central Slope have arranged to host the exclusive Arizona film premier of Vanishing of the Bees. Here’s the buzz:

Vanishing of the Bees:

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 5:00 p.m.

MADCAP Theaters

730 S. Mill Avenue

Tempe, Arizona 85281

Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Oscar-nominated Ellen Page, takes an intense and investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee and examines the current agricultural landscape. This meaningful film also celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between humans and honeybees.

For information on how you can help make this screening a success, via Worker Bee ($50) or Queen Bee ($100) sponsorships, visit http://shop.humbleseed.com/. Individual tickets ($15) may be purchased at MADCAP Theaters.  Also, a portion of all ticket sales will go to Save the Honeybee Foundation.

If you’re a friend of the bee, you need to make a beeline to get your tickets today, because this exclusive Arizona film premier of Vanishing of the Bees will sell out! Seating is limited. See you soon!

View Trailer: http://www.vanishingbees.com/trailer/

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Colony Collapse Disorder and Vanishing of the Bees

August 24th, 2010

If you know anything about bees, then you’re probably familiar with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Colony Collapse Disorder is an unusual phenomenon where bees abandon their hives, never to return.

What is frightening about CCD is that we’re not talking about a few thousand bees here or there. Just in the winter of 2006/2007, tens of billions of bees—more than a quarter of the United States’ bee colonies—were lost to CCD, and since then, more than three million bee colonies have disappeared.

When you think about the number of bee colonies that have been lost to CCD then wonder how our agricultural crops will be pollinated should this problem worsen, it’s hard not to think the word “catastrophic.”

In estimation, insects pollinate one third of the human food supply, most of which is pollinated by bees. In case you need a pollination refresher: Bees land on a flower to eat nectar and pollen. While on the flower, the bee will stuff powdery pollen into little sacks on the back of her legs. When the bee flies to another flower, some of the dusty pollen falls off her legs onto the new flower she’s landed on, thus beginning the plant pollination process (fertilization and sexual reproduction). Pollination is vital, because fruiting of a plant is dependent on fertilization.

Imagine the catastrophic consequences if crops such as apples, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, blueberries, cantaloupe, celery, citrus, cucumbers, nuts, peaches, and more were unable to fruit, due to lack of pollination, due to the lack of bees. It’s a very scary thought.

We’ve uprooted a very real bee movie that we hope everyone will get the opportunity to watch: Vanishing of the Bees. Check out the trailer.

http://www.vanishingbees.com/

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