If the bees die, we die. So believed Albert Einstein, who once said, If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live." The bad news is, they are disappearing -- and fast.
The good news is, we can still take steps to support our insect comrades, like attending this weekend's Love and a Movie Vegan Brunch at O Cinema. Attendees will watch More Than Honey, a flick about the bee crisis -- and eat a bee-friendly menu courtesy of Love & Vegetables.
In the documentary, Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof covers the issue of bee extinction from top to bottom, examining exactly why 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared across the globe.
In addition to getting schooled on this hugely important issue, attendees will get to nosh on a delicious brunch hand-crafted by chefs Keith Kalmanowicz and Avril Johnnidis of Love and Vegetables, a vegan pop-up cafe. The menu includes fruit salad with Florida avocado, broccoli mushroom quiche with truffle oil, veggie-bean-sage patties, pancakes with maple-chipotle syrup, coffee cake with toasted nuts and a surprise mid-movie snack.
"As a resident of the Earth N' Us Farm in Little Haiti, where we keep 5 hives (each holding 40,000-50,000 bees), I've come to love and appreciate bees and their awesome contribution to this planet," said Kalmanowicz. "When we created the menu, we made sure that all the fruits, vegetables, and legumes were pollinated by bees, and that their farming practices didn't harm the bee populations, as many current agricultural techniques do."
And these healthy comestibles crusaders have some important points to make about this species that's crucial to human survival.
"Bees tie in to healthy eating because without bees, we wouldn't have any food to eat! 80% of our fruits and vegetables are pollinated by bees," Kalmanowicz says.
"If it's good for you, chances are it was pollinated by the hard work of a bee. When considering health, it's important to keep the whole picture in mind-- not just looking at the nutrient makeup of a food, but also its complete lifecycle in the food system -- how it's planted, grown, harvested, transported, and cooked."
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SHOW ME HOW
Viva bees! So show up and stand tall with these helpful buggers at Love and a Movie. The event kicks off noon on Saturday, July 27. You can score tickets for $35 a pop online (with a $2.92 fee) and learn more about the Love & Vegetables folks on their website.
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