Listen to the Bees


| 6/10/2011 10:01:37 AM


Jean TellerMost of what I know about bees I learned as we compiled our latest installment of Grit’s Country Skills Series, our new Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey. I’ve always loved honey, and I’ve found a local source, which is even better – both for me and the environment.

So as I showed off the bee guide at a recent family reunion, I was amazed when my cousin told me about a new documentary all about bees, Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees TellingUs? And I was even more amazed to discover on my return to the office that we had received a copy of the documentary.Ian Davies, a London rooftop beekeeper, holds a few of his charges.  

I’ve watched it twice. 

With captivating imagery and compelling interviews, Queen of the Sun explores the world of the honeybee, the threatening landscape facing both the honeybee and humankind, and what we might be able to do about the crisis.

Director Taggart Siegel (he also made The Real Dirt on Farmer John) opens with biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk talking about colony collapse disorder and continues with a number of amazing, interesting and thought-provoking interviews with a wide variety of experts.



Catch a glimpse into the life of a honeybee in Queen of the Sun, What Are the Bees Telling Us?It seems that in 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, predicted the collapse of honeybees within 80 to 100 years. As Hauk says, “Colony collapse disorder is the bill we are getting for all we have done to bees.” The documentary discusses the problem, highlighting the devastating effects of pesticides and genetically modified crops, and what happens when we have a monoculture agricultural system that includes migratory bee hives.

Nebraska Dave
6/16/2011 12:12:35 AM

Jean, bees have survived in spite of our arrogance. I've seen documentaries about the bees and how are production of food is dependant on them. We have mettled with things that should not have been touched. We have upset the balance of nature with bees and unless we wake up there will be a huge problem with food production. I don't have bees and most likely will never have a bee hive. The neighbors had two fruit trees that attracted lots of bees last year but one of their dogs almost died when stung by a bee so they cut down both the fruit trees. I'm wondering how my garden will be this year as I don't see any bees around to pollinate the plants this year. I haven't read through the special edition GRIT bee book yet but maybe I should. Have a great bee day.






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