Honey bees are responsible for producing one-third of your fresh fruits and vegetables, but they're disappearing at a startling rate. Since the mid-2000s, honey bees all around the world, including the US, have been dying in unprecedented numbers—many hives literally disappearing without a trace—in a mysterious phenomenon dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?, created by Taggart Siegel, takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. It also explores the ancient relationship between man and bees—a relationship that, historically, was considered nothing less than sacred.
What’s Killing the Bees?
Certain pesticides called neonicotinoids have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee's immune system. Monoculture—the practice of growing just one type of crop on a massive scale—is another major contributing factor.
What You Can Do to Help Protect the Bees
Support organic farmers and shop at local farmer's markets as often as possible. You can "vote with your fork" three times a day.
Cut the use of toxic chemicals in your house and on your lawn, and use organic pest control.
Better yet, get rid of your lawn altogether and plant a garden. Both flower and vegetable gardens provide good honey bee habitats. It's also recommended to keep a small basin of fresh water in your garden or backyard, as bees actually do get thirsty!
Become an amateur beekeeper. Having a hive in your garden requires only about an hour of your time per week, benefits your local ecosystem, and you can enjoy your own honey!
Learn more about the film Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? and how you can help by visiting queenofthesun.com.