Information is power, so it is important to build your knowledge base with all the facts possible to best protect your health, your family and the environment around you. Empower yourself to become an advocate for change with these three powerful documentaries.
Vanishing of the Bees
Hailed by one film critic as “the most important documentary since an Inconvenient Truth,” this documentary takes an in depth look at our rapidly declining bee population. Did you know that the honeybee is responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food on your dinner plate? Honeybees are essential to our food supply, pollinating over 80% of our flowering crops (worth about $15 billion), including apples, broccoli and alfalfa, which is an important dietary staple for cattle.
Our disappearing honeybee is an indicator of environmentally quality, so when they are dying it means something is wrong. Vanishing of the Bees dives into issues surrounding Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), discusses the role pesticides play in the bee decline, examines the EPA’s involvement, and presents ways to help combat the problem.
One of the many solutions to protect our honeybee is to reduce our dependence on pesticides used on our lawns and in our agriculture processes. Systemic pesticides, those which are incorporated into the soil and travel up into the stem, leaves nectar and pollen of plants, are one explanation for CCD and the sudden die off a hive’s adult bee population. While little testing is required by the EPA here in the United States to determine a product’s “safety” in the market, several pesticides have been banned throughout Europe. This banning has allowed bee populations to return and flourish once again in those regions. www.vanishingbees.com
Forks Over Knives
An estimated 6,700 Georgians die each year (10% of all deaths) as a result of obesity related health issues like heart disease and type 2 Diabetes. Across the United States, we are spending $75-$100 billion a year to fight these weight-related issues. “Forks Over Knives” examines the theory that these diseases can be reversed – and even eliminated – by eating a reduced diet of meat and dairy.
The film follows two top doctors and researchers across the globe as they examine the theory that a healthy and balanced life can be achieved through a comprehensive diet of fruits, veggies and alternative protein sources. www.forksoverknives.com
Asking the question “is your life too plastic,” “Bag It” explores America’s dependence on single-use plastic and documents its pressures on our planet. Designed to be disposable, plastic actually never really goes away; it clogs storm drains, accumulates in our rivers and streams, and worst of all makes it into our oceans.
The filmmakers make a compelling case against single-use plastic, like grocery bags and straws, and inspire us to make plastic alternative changes in our own lives. From lips to the landfill, did you know that in the United States we throw away 500 million plastic straws each day? The impact of these disposable plastics has placed a burden on our oceans and has taken form in five enormous garbage patches. Twice the size of United States, the Great Northern Pacific Garbage Patch is just one of the five floating islands of plastic whose existence threatens the ecosystem and marine life. The plastic concentration in these gyres overwhelms the food supply, causing marine life to feed on plastic instead of plankton (5gyres.org). www.bagitmovie.com