My wife and I recently watched a documentary film called Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? This film is so inspiring and informative and I believe everyone should sit down and watch it… tonight. Here is my personal review of Queen of the Sun.
I will start my review by saying: “Watch this film.” Even if you don’t read this entire article, jot down the name of the movie and go watch it. Even if you’re not a beekeeper, go watch this film. Even if you have never heard about Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa mites or other ailments affecting bees across the globe, go watch this film. You will not regret it.
Queen of the Sun is an extremely powerful documentary that highlights the importance of bees for pollination throughout the world as well as the potential factors that are leading to the disappearance of these same bees.
This film doesn’t focus too much on any single factor that may be contributing to colony collapse disorder but rather presents the viewer with an array of ways that humans have interfered with these wonderful creatures that we rely on for producing 1/3 of all the food that we eat.
Throughout the film, there are also some great interviews with beekeepers from around the world. It’s amazing to see beekeepers from England, Australia, France, Italy and the United States all providing their insight into a global epidemic. It’s also very interesting to see the different types of beehives that each one uses. (Check out the special features on the DVD for more information on each hive type).
At the very end of the film, there are some great tips that I wanted to share here. Here are six ways that you can do your part to help the honeybees in your area:
- Grow flowers, plants and herbs to help provide food for bees.
- Eliminate pesticides in your garden and lawn.
- Bees are thirsty. Provide a continuous shallow basin with clean water in your garden.
- Buy directly from a local beekeeper who avoids chemicals and produces raw honey.
- Eat organic and pesticide free food.
- Become a beekeeper with sustainable practices.
This documentary did not necessarily change my overall views on beekeeping, but it served to open my eyes a bit wider on the subject. I suddenly found that I have become a bit more passionate about bees when talking to others, and I tend to bring up this film frequently when involved in beekeeping conversations. This is a film that I believe everyone should watch.
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Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?
Here’s the trailer for Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?