Last Thursday, May 20, was the International Day for Bees. For this special day, actress and activist Angelina Jolie posed for a special set of photos for National Geographic. Without using bee protection, Angelina Jolie let honey bees crawl all over her body.
Angelina jolie let bees crawl all over her body to call for environmental protection
The photo immediately received more than 2 million likes on National Geographic’s Instagram page. By taking a shocking set of photos, Angelina Jolie wants to draw attention to the survival of bees. “Their survival is synonymous with the survival of the human race,” she said.
When we think of bees, we think of nutrient-rich honey . But honey is only a part of the benefits that bees bring to humanity.
Few people know that bees are tools used by advanced agriculture to pollinate. It is estimated that in order to feed a global population of 7 billion people, more than one-third of the total global agricultural area needs the help of bees to bear fruit.
The industrial beekeeping model has been smoothly integrated into modern agriculture. Industrial beekeepers put beehives in trucks, roaming the country roads. At each farm that needs bee pollination, they stop the car, let the bees fly out and get to work. In the evening, the bees return to the hive. After a certain time, they will leave camp and move to a new farm.
Bees are used to pollinate fruits, vegetables, and nuts. For example, apples, plums, citrus, pears, melons, berries, even broccoli… In addition, alfalfa, a major source of feed in beef cattle, also needs bees to grow. pollination.
As such, bees are an important link in the world food industry, supporting the creation of global agricultural products worth more than $200 billion each year.
However, the industry now faces a serious problem: colony collapse disorder.
Over the two decades, industrial beekeepers found their bee colonies were slowly declining. Bees after pollination do not return to the hive, disappear or die en masse. Since 2006, this condition has been documented. This has taken a heavy toll on the modern agricultural industry. Experts named this case as bee colony disorder syndrome.
To this day, it is not clear why this happens. Scientists believe that the reason comes from the overuse of pesticides. The pattern of pollinating the same hive on too many different farms could also be to blame.
More information: You can learn more about bee hive disorder through the documentary Vanishing of the Bees, which is free to watch via YouTube Movies .
Recently, Angelina Jolie has a new nickname: Godmother of bees. The actress and social activist has just been appointed as the face of the Women for Bees campaign launched by UNESCO in collaboration with Guerlain.
French cosmetics brand Guerlain said it has spent a budget of 2 million USD to train women to become local beekeepers, limiting the popular mobile beekeeping model. 50 women worldwide will build 2,500 local beehives, creating an environment that protects 125 million bees – many of which are listed in the Red Book.
In 2021, this project was launched in Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, France, Russia, Rwanda and Slovenia. Through 2022, it will be strongly spread to Peru, Indonesia and many more countries.
Angelina Jolie has long been a strong voice in advocacy for poor women and children. Sharing with National Geographic , Angelina Jolie said that protecting bees will help stabilize food problems and reduce hunger because of global food shortages.
Back to the photos Angelina Jolie took with the bees. This is a feat of photography.
Dan Winters, the photographer who did this shoot, is a bee lover and has experimented with beekeeping himself. When he was contacted by the actress and National Geographic to do the series, he immediately thought of the portrait photo The Beekeeper by photographer Richard Avedon taken in 1981. The whole crew used this technique for the photo. Angelina Jolie’s portrait with bees.
“I asked Konrad Bouffard, a close friend who is an expert beekeeper, to help with the shoot for Angelina Jolie. Konrad found the entomologist, who had partnered with Ricard Avedon, to buy some pheromon. This is the seductive scent that the queen bee secretes to control worker bees.
Pheromones were applied to the areas of Angelina’s body that I wanted the bees to crawl on. Pheromones are attractive to worker bees, but also prevent them from falling into a state of hive breakdown.
For the shoot, we used Italian bees. Everyone is wearing protective gear, except for Angelina. The room should be dark and extremely quiet, so as not to incite the bees.
Angelina Jolie covers her nose and ears, sensitive spots to prevent bees from crawling in. But for 18 minutes, she stood still like a statue, bees crawled all over her body without being stung.”
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