Sunday, June 16, 2013

Queen of the Sun: What are Bees Telling Us? 2010

Queen Of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?     This documentary is a look at the global bee crisis.  There has been a catastrophic disappearance of bees and entire colonies have had sudden death.  There are several problems but there are also solutions.  Because of colony collapse disorder in this country, bees were brought in from Australia.  These bees have different mites, bacteria, viruses and the differences are passed on to our bees.  Treating of bee infestations can lead the organisms to build defenses and grow stronger because of the treatment.  Genetically engineered seed passes on the gene mutation information to the bees.  One crop farming and trucking in bees causes weakening of the hives.  Raising of queens and their artificial insemination means a shortened life span.  We can help them and studies indicate bees need to get back to their natural ways to survive.
     This is very good, lots of information and wonderful photography.  The people involved in raising bees really feel drawn them and their organized colonies.  We need the to bees for pollination of many of our food sources.  4* (I really liked this movie)
83 min, Doc directed by Taggart Siegel with Gunther Hauk, Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Raj Patel, Carlo Petrini, Yvon Achard, May Berenbaum, Scott Black.

Note:  Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 97% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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