More than Honey: Film Explores Relationship Between Bees & Human

Film & Local Panel Explore
Relationship Between Bees & Humans

Bee pollination is vital to the survival of 80% of the world’s plant species, yet populations of the fuzzy flying insects are declining all around the world. What does the decline in bee populations mean for farmers? Learn about this current and pressing issue at a screening of More Than Honey, a documentary that explores the effects of colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon responsible for bees’ recent scarcity.

Amherst Cinema and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) have partnered to offer a special showing of the film More Than Honey at 7pm on Tuesday, October 15th. Along with the screening will be a panel discussion featuring local bee experts Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms…

Bee populations have been declining for the last fifteen years, and, depending on region, populations have decreased from anywhere between 50% to 90% all around the world. The relationship between bees and farmers (and all humans, really) is complex, as most of our food sources depend on pollination in order to provide for us.

For older students, the screening presents an opportunity to learn about this relationship and the role that pollination plays within our food systems. Students can focus on learning about the ways in which species have grown to become interdependent, while also examining worldwide environmental changes from a bee-centric viewpoint. The panel discussion following the screening will help families learn about what the decline in bee populations means for them and farmers in their community. Learning about how their community is being affected will help students to ground their learning in a familiar context, and will help them to realize that they, too, play a role in the interconnected relationship of bees, farmers, and plant species.

Tickets to the event are available at the cinema’s regular admission prices. For more information about the event, contact Amherst Cinema at 413-253-2547 ex. 6 or CISA at 413-665-7100.

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