Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?


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By Courtney Hayden
June 10, 2012

Queen of the Sun takes an international and spiritual approach to the global crisis of disappearing bee populations. It asks what the bees are trying to tell us, and it begins to uncover the answer.

This visually beautiful, motivational, and sometimes-quirky documentary explores why bees are necessary both for the Earth and for human cultures. It posits that protecting bees protects the environment, and sustaining the environment in turn provides for humankind. The film suggests that we have lost our sense of wonder for nature, and forgotten the sacred nature of bees.

Queen of the Sun investigates the ramifications of mass-scale agriculture and mobile beekeeping on bee populations.  If you are looking for an in-depth examination of American agricultural practices, this film is a must-see. Sprinkled throughout the disturbing statistics and alarming predictions are charming and hopeful “biodynamic” beekeepers, and they keep the documentary high-spirited despite its subject matter.

Queen of the Sun is worth a view for anyone who wants to learn about the current state of bees, their importance as pollinators, and how they relate to American agriculture.

Check in with Sierra Club Green Home for more reviews of environmental documentaries this coming week!

For related articles, see:
Food Gone Frankenstein: GMOs
FRESH Look at Local Food
Don’t Plastic Bag It: An Unlikely Environmentalist’s Journey

 

© 2012 SCGH, LLC.

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