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Bee colony collapse subject of film Wednesday

GREENFIELD — Why are massive numbers of honey bees dying off as well as other pollinators?

This question will be explored in depth when Greening Greenfield, along with co-sponsors St. James Episcopal Church and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, present “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” a film by Taggart Siegel.

The film will be shown on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. James Church Parish Hall at Church and Federal streets. Arrive by 6:15 to allow time to sign in and get refreshments before the film starts.

Since the mid-2000s, honey bees all around the world have been dying in unprecedented numbers in a mysterious phenomenon dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder.

This film takes a close look at the global bee crisis from multiple angles and offers solutions.

Certain pesticides have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee’s immune system.

Monoculture — the practice of growing of just one type of crop on a massive scale — is thought to be another major contributing factor.

Discussion follows

There will be a discussion after the film led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield. He has been president of the Massachusetts Beekeeper’s Association, Franklin County Bee Association, and was the Massachusetts representative to the Eastern Apicultural Society’s Board of Directors and was voted Massachusetts Beekeeper of the Year in 2005.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Contact: 773-5165 for more information.

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