Bon Appétit Management Company


Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 6:30pm-9pm

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1016 E. Marion St.
Pigott Auditorium
Seattle, WA 98122

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Jennifer Johnson | Buzz Hofford 
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Vanishing of the Bees - Film Screening and Q&A

Join Bon Appétit Management Company and Slow Food Seattle for a free screening of the documentary, Vanishing of the Bees. Immediately following the film will be a Q&A with local beekeepers and supporters (including Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company; Sarah Bergmann, founder of The Pollinator Pathway), moderated by Buzz Hofford of Bon Appétit.

The screening will be hosted by Bon Appétit Management Company. For more information, contact Buzz Hofford or Vera Chang.

Vanishing of the Bees

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 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 opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.