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Vanishing of the Bees to be shown April 20th as part of The Food & Farm Film Series

April 11, 2011

Vanishing of the Beesto be shown April 20th as part of The Food & Farm Film Series

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (04.11.2011) —The Food and Farm Film Series will screen Vanishing of the Bees, on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fenimore Art Museum’s auditorium. Admission is free. The film tells the story of the decreasing honeybee population and explains how America’s commercial beekeepers are dealing with this alarming problem. Immediately following the film, a panel discussion will feature local beekeeper Paul Lord, Ellen Pope (Executive Director of Otsego 2000), and Garet Livermore (Vice President for Education at NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum).

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. 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 Beesfollows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. 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 opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowingmystery.

One more film will be presented as part of the film series – Three Farms (May 14). Each film is screened in the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Whether you are a backyard gardener or a professional farmer, you’ll find these films not only entertaining but educational and inspiring as well.

The Food and Farm Film Series is sponsored by The Farmers’ Museum and Otsego 2000.

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