This November, we are proud to be hosting screenings of the documentary The Pollinators in four major cities across the US. Scheduled during the National Day of Screenings on November 6, 2019, The Pollinators will be screened on November 6 and November 11 in the following cities:
November 6, 2019
November 11, 2019
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Telling an untold story, The Pollinators presents a unique glimpse into America’s commercial migratory bee industry - an industry that is “indispensable to the feeding of America.” The documentary is directed by Peter Nelson and produced by Sally Roy and Nelson and Michael Reuter.
“Tens of billions of honey bees are transported back and forth from one end of the United States to the other in a unique annual migration that’s indispensable to the feeding of America. One out of every three bites we eat, the growth of almost all our fruits, nuts and vegetables, would be impossible without pollination from bees.” - The Pollinators
The Pollinators examines America’s migratory bee industry amidst the widespread issue of bee population decline. Honey bee populations have declined by 30% across America, with especially affected areas experiencing a 60% decline. The struggles of honey bee populations is a complex issue with many contributing factors. Climate change, habitat loss, pesticide use, and varroa mite infestations, all act as major disruptors to honey bees’ survival. As an indicator species, the declining health of bee populations is not an isolated event; the struggles of bees indicate a larger imbalance that is inflicting our environment and food chain at-large.
Declining bee and pollinator populations pose grave consequences for the agricultural industry and our nation’s food supply. Yet unfortunately, widespread agricultural practices such as pesticide use are major contributors to bees’ plight. One class of pesticides in particular, called neonicotinoids, has a major link to bee deaths. According to environmental activist and author George Monbiot, “When honey bees are exposed to just 5 nanogrammes of neonicotinoids, half of them will die. As bees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, beetles and other pollinators feed from the flowers of treated crops, they are, it seems, able to absorb enough of the pesticide to compromise their survival.” Neonicotinoids have been banned in a few countries, but in the US, the pesticide industry is only pushing for deregulation.”
In The Pollinators, you will meet the beekeepers, farmers, scientists and activists who are committed to finding answers and implementing measures to protect bees and sustain our nation’s food supply. You will see farmers working as leaders in sustainable agriculture methods, planting hedgerows and pollinator strips to support bees, and using no-till methods to replenish their soil and eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
Please visit one of the links below to reserve tickets for the screening in your respective city. We recommend reserving tickets as soon as possible. These screenings follow a special protocol and will only be held if a minimum required amount of tickets are reserved. If you are interested in attending, please reserve your tickets soon to make sure this event is a success!
When reserving your ticket, you not only secure your spot to see this groundbreaking documentary feature, but you will also have the opportunity to contribute a small donation to The Honeybee Conservancy. Any amount that you gift to our bee charity will be deeply appreciated, and will help us cover the costs of running operations and programs such as Sponsor-A-Hive.
These screenings of The Pollinators documentary are not the only screenings that The Honeybee Conservancy has hosted. As part of our mission to raise awareness about bee population decline and its related issues, our bee charity hosts screenings for other insightful and powerful bee documentaries.
Some documentaries we have screened in the past include The Vanishing of the Bees and More Than Honey. Directed by Maryam Heinein and George Langworthy, The Vanishing of the Bees takes viewers on a journey around the world in search of answers and a broader perspective on the bee crisis. Also trekking the world to explore the bee crisis, More Than Honey visits China, Switzerland, and beyond, with stunning camera-work and macrophotography directed by Oscar-winning Markus Imhoof.