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February 1, 2009

FEB FILM & FOOD NIGHT

Posted by Anais Dervaes

Unlike our summer and fall events, please note the ENTIRE event will be held INDOORS.

What: Film Screening of POLLEN NATION & Local, Vegetarian Potluck

When: Sunday, February 22 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Where: 626 Cypress Ave, Pasadena CA (see map)

Cost: $10  (children under 12 are free)  A small entrance fee is require as it helps pay for facility rental, screening licensing fees, sound system, and purchase of eco friendly, compostable dinnerware

Space is limited so please RSVP by calling 626.844.4586 or filling out online reservation form

Event Schedule

5:00 PM - event starts / Freedom Garden Meetup & Swap N Trade & perhaps even a FREEDOM SEED table filled with safe, secure & pure seed varieties

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - local food potluck

7:00 PM - film screening 'POLLEN NATION' ( 25 min) & HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION (15 min )

8:00 PM - discussion / pop quiz and win prizes!

9:00 PM - event ends

Film

Every year, hundreds of professional beekeepers forklift their wooden hives onto 18-wheel semis, strap down the loads, and head out on the highway. Across the country - from the Imperial Valley in California to the Florida panhandle and the hills of Maine – farmers rely on honeybees to pollinate crops worth $15 billion every year. But parasites, pesticides, and modern agricultural practices are making it harder and harder for beekeepers to keep their bees alive, and the crisis could affect what shows up on all of our dinner tables.

These bees are the overlooked workers in American agriculture. One out of every 3 bites an American puts in their mouth is dependent on the beekeeper’s diminutive livestock; 15 billion dollars worth of food crops are pollinated by Apis Mellifera every year.

This film follows the journey of one commercial beekeeper – third generation beekeeper Jeff Anderson -- from the honey harvest on the High Plains to the warm winter-feeding grounds of California. It also explores the history of human interaction with bees, a story that reflects the development of agriculture. In ancient Egypt beekeepers floated their clay hives down the Nile to some of the first irrigated fields; in the 21st century, professional bee brokers help balance the rising costs of maintaining hives with increasing demand from big agriculture.

But while today’s beekeepers may be propping up an ever-greater chunk of our diet and economy, the numbers of both honeybees and the numerous species of native bees are in serious decline.

In the last 30 years, the number of honeybees in the US has been cut in half. The beekeepers say it takes more and more work to keep their bees alive as they battle new problems wrought by pesticide use, destruction of habitat, the stress of trucking them around the country, and epidemic infestations of mites and viruses. Recently, beekeepers have even started importing thousands of bee colonies from Australia every year to replace their dying hives and keep up with the demand for pollination.

Potluck

Bring something (preferably vegetarian) to contribute to the potluck - bring enough food for yourself/family and a bit to share. The primary focus of the ‘Locavore’ potluck is to promote eating whole foods, in their nature-made state, focusing on fresh food from local sources (or as local as possible)

If not FROM BACKYARD then locally produced.
If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.
If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.
If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.
If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Fair Trade.

Freedom Garden Meetup

Join local homegrown revolutionaries - swap crops, seeds, expertise and more.

Growing for 21st century food security, FreedomGardens.org is a free interactive, online social community of gardening enthusiasts who are fed up with foreign oil, frequent food miles and high food prices.

To reserve space for this event fill out this easy regisration form or contact 626.844.4586


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4 Comments: "FEB FILM & FOOD NIGHT" »

  1. Sounds interesting.

    I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist so I think the honeybees might also be another victim of the GMO crops. Perhaps Monsanto is engineering crops that kill honeybees so they can sell their own future self-pollinating crops. HMMMM.

  2. So now even bees commute to work?

    The whole monoculture/monocropping approach to agriculture can't be helping the bees. They'd have excess food for a very short window, and then nothing for the rest of the year.

    A permaculture-type approach, with a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, ornamental flowers, etc would provide food year-round. Plus the permaculturalist would probably be inclined to have their own permanent hive, saving all the time, effort and fuel of trucking the bees everywhere.

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