Free Film Showing: Vanishing of The Bees


Carolina Nature Coalition presents two free film screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary Vanishing of the Bees. The first showing is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Trent River coffee Company, 208 Craven Street, New Bern. The second showing will be on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm in the Hayden Jones Room at the New Bern Public Library, 400 Johnson Street, New Bern.

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing one out of every three bites of food on our tables. The film follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. It explores their struggles as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the pacific in the quest to protect their honeybees. Filmed across the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater significance for the relationship between mankind and nature.

Following the film, local experts will be on hand to answer questions about beekeeping, creating an inviting environment for bees in your yard and availability of local produce grown through the use of honeybees.

This is the first of a series of films dedicated to environmental issues of concern to local citizens of eastern North Carolina.

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Submitted by: Stella Smith