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Documentary on bee colony collapse focuses on cutting pesticide use Written by Malibu Compost

Last Saturday, Malibu Compost, in association with Pesticide Free Ojai Valley, sponsored a screening of the documentary film “Queen of the Sun, What are the Bees Telling Us?” directed by Taggert Siegel of Portland, Oregon. The film explores not only the importance of bees in the web of life but also the Colony Collapse Disorder of honeybees, which has decimated over 5 million bee colonies in the U.S. Both the film and Pesticide Free Ojai Valley urge farmers and homeowners to reduce or discontinue pesticide use through consensus and knowledge rather than through mandated action.

After the screening, actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., who introduced the film, directed the crowd to the nearby farm of Kimberly Ainsworth where he spoke briefly and introduced Siegel, who engaged in a question-and-answer period with the audience.

Read more about this event HERE.

The Ojai Band at Saturday screening

The Ojai band, Deer Leg, plays at a reception following the screening Saturday of the documentary, “What are the Bees Telling Us?” From left are: Michael Saidman, Kat Payseno, Sonny Erickson and Johnny Dessura.