Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Have Got to see.. Vanishing of the Bees

I've always thought bees were something special. From the way they engineer a garden to the fact that they produce the liquid gold so many of us love.. bees are incredible creatures.

I heard a while back about an issue with the honey bees. Apparently, they were disappearing. Not dying, not flying to another place, actually vanishing into thin air. As I was scanning the documentaries to watch today, I decided to finally watch "Vanishing of the Bees."

I'm alarmed. I disappointed in our EPA. I am even more so opting for organic options.

According to the film makers of "Vanishing of the Bees," honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

The films description goes on to say: 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 Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, 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 options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

Apparently there is something we can all do to help keep our honey bees!

1. Plant a garden. For more information on how to do so the right way, check out the following websites:

2. Get a bee hive.

3. Buy Organic. The most powerful way to help the bees is to vote with your forks.

4. Organic Pest Control.
- - How to make organic pesticides at home

There are many businesses that are "bee friendly."  You can see a list with links to their websites HERE.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation:

Save the Honeybee Foundation
7467 Koolau Rd.
Kilauea, HI 96754

Please take a moment, click on the links I provided, watch the trailer, and watch "Vanishing of the Bees." I know I was able to find it on Netflix.

Remember - Shop organically, don't use harmful pesticides, and consider planting a garden or starting your own bee hive.

Photos - Pinterest (see my board, Just & Good for original sources.)

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