By Wendy Allen 0
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) has become an internationally recognized crisis over the past few years, yet no definitive cause has been found, turning this phenomenon into the most important mystery of this century. We encourage Edible Madison readers to educate yourselves and learn how to help the bees in your own community—urban or rural.
BOOK: Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies
Established in 1971, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is one of the most respected and active forces in bee conservation. CCD is not only impacting honeybees (which came from Europe), but our native North American bees as well—for some, almost to the point of extinction. Coauthored by four Xerces Society staff members—Eric Mader, Matthew Shepherd, Mace Vaughan and Scott Black—and Gretchen LeBuhn, a San Francisco State University botanist and director of the Great Sunflower Project, Attracting Native Pollinators is one of the most timely and complete resources about native bees and their habitats that we’ve come across. Published by Storey Publishing, 2010. www.xerces.org/books
FILM: Vanishing of the Bees
This documentary delves into the commercial beekeeping side of CCD, following two commercial beekeepers as they “strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S.” The film interviews author Michael Pollan, and chronicles the thoughts and feelings of scientists and holistic beekeepers who are puzzling over the CCD mystery. Vanishing of the Bees was awarded “Official Selections” at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, the International Wildlife Film Festival, and the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival. www.vanishingbees.com
FILM: Queen of the Sun
Winner of ten U.S. and international film festival awards, this artful and colorful documentary includes insight from some of the most influential environmental and food leaders in the world today, such as Michael Pollan, author; Vandana Shiva, award-winning physicist and author; Carlo Petrini, president and founder of Slow Food International; Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved; and a number of biodynamic beekeepers who speak passionately for saving the world’s honeybees.www.queenofthesun.com. Photo below by Ruby Bloom.