2013-12-05 / On the Town

Bee documentary creating a big buzz

Discussion with expert after screening

A documentary film that explores the mysterious collapse of honeybee colonies around the world, “Queen of the Sun: What Are Bees Telling Us?,” will be screened at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 6 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by bee expert Anna Howell, an entomologist and staff research associate with the UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County.

Taggart Siegel made the documentary film after he read a news article in 2007 about colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon reported by beekeepers who were losing 30 to 90 percent of their colonies.

The documentary suggests that monoculture, or the growing of one crop over vast expanses of land, is damaging bee colonies that are transported on semitrucks from crop to crop. Artifi cially bred bees are malnourished on a diet of high-fructose corn syrup, confined in plastic hives, transported thousands of miles and overworked on crops laden with pesticides, according to the film.

Siegel’s documentary follows beekeepers and scientists in their efforts to save bees in natural and holistic ways.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit forum.cvuuf.org or call (805) 358-5844.

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