Sustainable Living Seminar: Vanishing of the Bees

Thursday, February 27, 2014  bees
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032

We're delighted to partner with the Carmel Clay Public Library to present the video documentary "Vanishing of the Bees"

Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well.  Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. But it’s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet.  Why is this important?  These prime pollinators are responsible for one third of the food we eat, including most of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and even alfalfa used to feed livestock. In America, this amounts to about $18 billion in annual sales.

According to H.R. 2692, pollination services are a vital part of agricultural production, valued at over $125,000,000,000 globally and worth $20,000,000,000 to $30,000,000,000 in agricultural production annually in the United States.  The Center for Food Safety is advocating for the suspension of neonics until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates no harmful impacts to pollinators.

Join us for the screening of the documentary "Vanishing of the Bees."  After the movie, Mac Williams, a local beekeeper and member of the Indiana Beekeepers Association, will give his perspective on the vanishing bee phenomena.   Claire Lane of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District will talk about how you can help by planting a pesticide-free pollinator garden to attract the bees we so desperately need.



Stop using neonicotinoid pesticides.

1. Stop using neonicotinoid pesticides in your yard, farm or property. Neonicoitinoids include imidacloprid, Acetimacloprid, Clothianidin, Thiacloprid, Thiamethoxam, Dinotefuran and Nitenpyram.

2. Gardeners Beware: Bee-Toxic Pesticides Found in “Bee-Friendly” Plants Sold at Garden Centers Nationwide - Friends of the Earth &

3. Pollinators & Pesticides - Center for Food Safety, September 2013

Plant a "Pollinator Garden"

Bees are also being hurt by poor nitrition and a lack of a variety of nectar and pollen sources. Plant bee-friendly flowers.

1. Another thing to consider is where to buy your plants.  Big box store routinely use pesticides in their garden centers and should be avoided when possible.The Hamilton County Master Gardener's Association will have their one day only 16th Annual Plant Sale on Sat., May 17, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds - Exhibit Hall.  These are plants grown by Master Gardeners and include free gardening information and expert planting advice.  There are also native trees for sale.

2. Selecting plants for pollinators - Regional guide for farmers, land managers and gardeners

Support Legislation to Protect our Pollinators

1.Tell your Representative to support the Save America's Pollinators Act and protect our bees! The Center for Food Safety is advocating for the suspension of neonics until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe and a field study demonstrates no harmful impacts to pollinators.  Check the list of sponsors who have signed on to HR 2692 at Congress.Gov

2. Call on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to make pollinator protections a priority! Sign a petition at to request an immediate moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

3. Tell President Obama to stand up for bees! The Obama Administration issued a memorandom establishing a new Pollinator Health Task Force to conduct research on pollinator declines and create a public education campaign to teach people how to protect. It also provides funding to create new bee habitats in 5 states. But it falls far short of what's needed. The plan fails to take definitive action on neonicontinoid pesticides, a key factor contributing to the bee die-offs and they could do something about now.

4. New pesticide labels will better protect pollinators, EPA