Taggart Siegel’s decision to make his documentary about the decline of the bee population had a profound effect he hadn’t
planned on. After spending three years investigating the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder by talking to, among others, beekeepers who use biodynamic principles, he succumbed to the metaphysical appeal of the insects and became a beekeeper himself. When I spoke with him on March 23, 2011, this soft-spoken, fiercely committed ecologist discussed why monoculture is a dead-end agricultural strategy, how Rudolph Steiner predicted the current crisis and how to avoid it, as well as why the disappearance of the bees will profoundly effect every meal we eat, or maybe don’t eat, in the future. But my favorite part was at the end, when Siegel explained the implications of something called honey time.