In 1923, Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner predicted that within 100 years, honeybees would disappear as a result of increased mechanization and industrialization. In recent years, a startling honeybee decline known as colony collapse disorder appears to be giving credence to Steiner’s prediction.
The College of Southern Idaho Sustainability Committee will show the documentary ‘Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?’at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The film traces the link between bees and man over the last 10,000 years, revealing bees as a barometer of the health of the earth. While it deals with the dark reality of the honeybee crisis, the film also brings the viewer into the secret wonder of the hive and the good humor of devoted beekeepers. It also documents the efforts of Gunther Hauk, who is creating a 600-acre farm dedicated to helping support the bees.
The Sustainability Council has also invited a local beekeeper from Tubbs Berry Farm to bring and display a hive that film attendees can see up close. Admission is free of charge and the presentation is open to everyone of all ages.