Washington, D.C. Premiere 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 they plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. After years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery. Narrated by Ellen Page. Directed and produced by Maryam Henein and George Langworthy.
Introduced by Louise White of The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church’s Earth Stewards Task Force.