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Bee crisis explored in Matinees That Matter documentary
T.J. Jorgenson, president of West Sound Beekeepers Association, took an informal poll at its meeting Tuesday night in Silverdale. Thankfully, the sampling of beekeepers in attendance had not experienced the mysterious and pervasive syndrome known as Colony Collapse Disorder. The sudden onset of CCD, where worker or drone bees abandon a hive without warning, has stumped and alarmed beekeepers around the world since 2006.
The current thinking, Jorgenson said, is that a number of factors – monoculture; pesticides such as Bayer’s Clothianidin that coats seeds with insecticide; poor nutrition; parasites; and viruses – all combine to threaten bees’ health.
“The jury is still out,” Jorgenson said of the ongoing research. “This is an exceedingly complex problem with which we are only beginning to grasp.”
Jorgenson and Sustainable Bainbridge board member Kate Ruffing of Camp 4 farms will lead a Q&A session Saturday and Sunday following the 5 p.m. screening of “Queen of the Sun,” an 83-minute documentary about the plight of the bee and the implications it has on the survival of our own species.
“Queen of the Sun,” by Taggart Siegel, is an alternative look at the bee crisis from the point of view of independent beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world, including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
As part of the Matinees that Matter series, 50 percent of the proceeds from the screenings will benefit Sustainable Bainbridge.
Long live the queen
“Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” will be shown at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd.
Tickets are $9.