Queen of the Sun
By Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
This beautiful documentary is a tale of tragedy and
hope. “Colony collapse disorder” is
happening all over the world, and especially in the United States or wherever
“monoculture” exists. Monoculture is when only one crop is grown for miles and
miles. In the U.S. colony collapse disorder is prevalent where only corn and
soy beans are grown, for example. “Bees are the legs of plants,” one expert
says. With monoculture, nature is thwarted.
Experts in the film love honey bees and consider them to be
like the canaries in coal mines; when a canary died, it was a sign that gasses
were building up for an explosion and miners had a chance to flee. Where honey
bee colonies collapse, it is a sign that the food system is in crisis. Why?
Because bees need to cross-pollinate, and with only one crop, this is not
possible and other plants cannot grow. Pesticides kill insects in the food
chain, starving the system. The genetic manipulation of seed that does not
reproduce seeds, called “terminator” seeds, also contributes to colony collapse
There is an effort to breed queen bees that in the wild can
live for four to five years. Bred queens barely last for a year, so even bee
activity becomes artificial. They are artificially inseminated and fed
antibiotics and high fructose corn syrup, again damaging the food chain. The
process short circuits the cycle of life.
We still do not know the long-term effects of this
manipulation of honey bees will have on nature and our food supply.
The film is not only science: it is poetry and reverence for
God’s creation. One bee keeper says that “Pollen is marginalized light.”
There is now a need for honey bee sanctuaries and there was
a “Pollinator Week” in New York City to legalize bee keeping that some are
already doing on roof tops.
“Queen of the Sun: what are the bees telling us?” is an
inspiring film about and by poet-scientists that can motivate us to respect
nature and remind us that God’s way in nature is the best way.
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