The Vanishing of the Bees

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomen has brought beekepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and hundred of 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.

Here’s how you can take action:

Brighten up your garden with some bee-friendly flower seeds. Plant wildflower seeds in your garden, patio pots or window boxes to provide essential nutrition for bees. (<-- this site needs help)

5 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Thanks for this post! ! !

    And for all of you in the NYC area interested in seeing this film, there is a FREE advanced screening at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden JUNE 12 during their Centennial Bee-Day Celebration. 11:00am-1:30pm :)

    Screenings around the country kick off after National Honey Bee Awareness Day (AUG 22). Help us raise funds for this campaign at Thanks again! xo

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  3. My grand ma in Austria used to have her own bee stock in the forest. But since she died, RIP, no one took over this tradition.
    I remember that she stored frames filled with wax honeycomb to extract the honey in the sunlight at the backyard of her small house. I loved to sit there in the sun and smell that honey wax sent!
    I still have a pot of her honey and I don’t dare it to use it up…

  4. I think all the bees came to Brazil. Here, we have so many of them that it´s just impossible to drink a coke without a black and yellow partner…

  5. Fernanda that is no a bee. It’s a YELLOW JACKET.