Populations of honey bees are dying at levels that are unprecedented. Close to half of the bee colonies in the U.S. die off every year.
On Feb. 12 Awareness Film Night, in collaboration with Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery, will present the film The Pollinators.
Tens of billions of bees are transported by semi-trailer trucks back and forth across the continent in a unique annual migration that’s indispensable to the feeding of North America.
The growth of 400 crops, almost all of the healthiest foods we eat, would be impossible without pollination, and due to the growing lack of local pollinating insects, for many of the farmers producing these crops having hives of honeybees transported to their farms has become a necessary part of their growing season.
California almond crops require almost every bee-for-hire in the U.S. when they blossom.
This award-winning 2019 documentary features beekeepers, farmers, environmentalists, a world-renown chef and lots of honeybees.
Filmgoers will be able to learn how well this increasingly precarious system is working, what is endangering honeybees and what we can do to make sure the pollinators in our neighborhood are supported and protected.
Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte from Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and members of Transition Sooke’s Pesticide Education Group will host a post screening Q&A session at Awareness Film Night.
Liptrot has a master’s degree in entomology and is a beekeeper. He has kept bees since the age of six.
Awareness Film Night is in the Edward Milne Community School theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 for honey tasting and bee and pesticide information-sharing in the theatre foyer. The film begins at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.