June Free Movie: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?


What: Free screening of movie followed by discussion.
When: Monday, June 19th from 7-9p.m.
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s Church, side-rear entrance). 39 E. Central St., Natick, MA (see map below).
Facilitators: Jill Miller, member of Occupy Natick and former beekeeper and guest facilitator, Tony Lulek, beekeeper and owner of Little Beehive Farm in Holliston, MA
What Else: Free parking in municipal lot and on street.
Who: Sponsored by Occupy Natick with Jill Miller (former beekeeper).

Download poster to reprint:

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN . Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. [Source]

Our industrial agriculture is based on monoculture–the growing of one crop over vast expanses of land.  This is devastating for the bees.  It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder and it’s killing the honeybees is great numbers. “We’ve created a food system that demands of the beekeeper to buy-into this migratory beekeeping because that’s where the money is…This form of industrial agriculture is very destructive for the bees, who are under great stress from the transport and then are set forth to pollinate crops that have been often been sprayed by pesticides. The bees encounter foreign climates by traveling, they encounter foreign diseases from other bees transported to the same crop, the beehives and chemically treated to fight these diseases, which in turn lowers their immune system, and you are creating a domino effect of problem begetting problem. “[Source]

There are many things that concerned citizens can do to alleviate the problem, and this movie articulates many of them.


Additional Resources:

Ten Years After the Crisis, What Is Happening to the World’s Bees?

A third of the nation’s honeybee colonies died last year. Why you should care


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