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The Blue Star Equiculture (BSE) Film Series is part of our community education program. BSE will be showing films open to the public throughout the year. The films will be about natural horse care and organic gardening/farming subjects. Each film is selected to educate attendees about subjects and methods BSE incorporates into its practices or to highlight specific issues happening in the horse care or organic gardening/farming world.

BSE is a 501 c3 nonprofit so all proceeds go towards the care of the horses or the costs of BSE's organic garden/farm. If you have any questions use the Contact Form. We do our best to respond to emails within 48 hours.

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Scheduled Films:

April 1, 2011 at 7pm - Vanishing Of The Bees - Shown at St Paul's Unitarian Universalist Church, 1060 Central St. Palmer, MA 01069

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“The most important documentary film since An Inconvenient Truth.”

“An essential documentary…If you like eating, see this film.”
-Channel 4

“Verdict – Fascinating subject expertly covered.”

“A ‘bees knees’ of a film. Powerfully argued and very timel.”
-Sunday Times


Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred 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.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

There will be a discussion following each film


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