THE BLOG
09/26/2014 05:21 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2014

DJ/Musican/Activist Moby Hosts First Video by "HOLLYWOOD FOOD VOICES"

Center for Food Safety is excited to announce the launch of "Hollywood Food Voices," and the release of its first video in the series, featuring Moby, the award-winning musician/DJ/activist. The video, which drops on Friday, September 26th, gives fans a guided tour of Moby's four-acre home atop the Hollywood Hills, where over 30,000 bees dwell. While delving into his passion for bees and the causes of alarming bee colony collapses nationwide, the video offers simple, concrete actions for viewers to help reverse this trend.

Created and produced by the highly respected Center for Food Safety, "Hollywood Food Voices" is an engaging and entertaining new platform whose goal is to create excitement, awareness, and a sense of empowerment within a wide demographic of viewers and concerned citizens.

As the name suggests, "Hollywood Food Voices" will be a regular video series featuring a well-known celebrity while focusing on a specific topic related to food sustainability and the environmental and human health impacts of food and farming. By harnessing the voices of informed, high profile personalities with a passion for environmental health and justice, "Hollywood Food Voices" speaks directly to fans and followers, bringing increased awareness and influence to critical issues within the growing food movement.

What's all the buzz about? The Moby video explores how, in a phrase, our bees are dying and need our help.

Many of the foods we need for healthy diets require bees for pollination, including many of our favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts. We have honey bees to thank for one out of every three bites of food we eat; but over the past decade we have witnessed their alarming decline. In fact, the number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S. has dropped from over 5 million in 1940 to less than 2.5 million today. But we don't just need bees for food. Bees are also an indicator species -- meaning their presence, absence, and their well-being is indicative of the health of our environment as a whole. So the plight of the bees is our plight as well.

Over the last several years, scientists have increasingly attributed pollinator declines to the indiscriminate use of systemic pesticides, most notably a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are up to 10,000 times more toxic to bees than other insecticides, and their use can have both immediate and long-term effects. So while these bee-toxic pesticides are not the only cause of declining bee populations, they are a primary contributing factor and certainly one we must do something about -- fast.

Additionally, make sure to watch a full interview with Moby where he discusses his passion for bees, airing on TakePart Live on September 25th, and see snippets of the video. Airs 7pmPST/10pmEST on PIVOT TV.

The full video can be seen online starting September 26th at: http://www.hollywoodfood.org/bees