Bee doc showing in North Delta

The Earthwise Society is hosting a screening of Vanishing of the Bees next month at Firehall Centre for the Arts in North Delta.

Set for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., the documentary will detail the disastrous effects the disappearance of bees would have on our diet and what people can do to help prevent bees from disappearing.

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Many bee species are endangered and vanishing. Without pollinators, such as bees, we stand to lose one-third of the food in our diet.

Agricultural systems would be hard hit because without bees, crops such as blueberries and cranberries cannot produce fruit. Many plants that produce gourds, such as melons and squashes, are also dependent on bees for propagation, making bees a keystone species.

In response to this serious situation, the Earthwise Society and the Delta Chamber of Commerce have instituted the Feed the Bees program. This program encourages individuals to include plants in their gardens that provide a continuous source of pollen and nectar to ensure the health of bee populations.

Earthwise Society can provide help and advice to gardeners interested in enhancing their gardens for bees. Gardeners are encouraged to register their bee-friendly garden with the program to receive lawn signage in recognition of their participation.

Seating is limited at this screening of Vanishing of the Bees. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information about the screening and the Feed the Bees program, contact Earthwise Society at 604946-9828 (ask for Joni), info@earthwisesociety. bc.ca or www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca.

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