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The Pollinators at 11AM Part of the Garden Club Documentary
Co-presented with Lake Forest Garden Club
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.
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.
This film will be shown at 11:00am, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Concessions available for purchase prior to the film
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