SHARING THE GREAT STORY OF BEES AND MAN
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, that is the aspiration of the exhibition "The Roads of Honey".
An informative exhibition for the general public of all ages, fruit of 10 years of reporting in 25 countries and on 4 continents, takes the visitor on an exceptional journey into the heart of the hive to discover the relationships between humankind and bees throughout the world.
From the most rudimentary honey harvests by hunter-gatherers to the commercial exploitation of bees for honey and pollination of orchards in the United States, the exhibition provides the public with a more complete overview of honeybees and their vital relationship with humanity
Without bees, no more fruit, no more vegetables or nuts… And above all, a natural environment poor in vegetal proteins. Pollination by bees, a free service provided by nature, represents 153 billions dollars for the farming industry and more than 30% of our food directly depends on this service.
“Each of my feature stories has helped me better understand bees, who teach me humanity and humility. I am amazed by their incredible diversity, their intelligence and the collective genius that gives life to their colonies and allows for their constant adaptation to the different seasons and to climate change through a regulation of their populations based on the abundance or the lack of resources.
In observing a hive, I have the impression that I'm discovering 80 million years of genetic mixing, recounted by the competition among drones during the queen's nuptial flight, which ensures the diversity of the worker bees, half-sisters from different fathers, within the colony. The swarming – the division of a nest to create a new line around a queen – evokes for me the great migrations by human beings, the dispersal of people over our planet and the emergence of cultures and traditions.
My years spent meeting beekeepers and honey hunters throughout the world have shown me the talent of the people who, to appropriate the honey, have acquired knowledge of the fragile balances that regulate the production of nectar by the flowers. I marvel at the expertise of beekeepers who have learned to “manage” the colonies' dynamism to lead them to produce even more honey in ever-changing conditions. All of it shows me humankind's dependence on our environment and our genius in taking advantage of it.
Today, faced with the biggest disappearance of a species that our Earth has ever known since the Cretaceous period, faced with the risks to which our own species is exposed, I can only wonder what meaning the word progress will have for future generations. Can progress be collective and lasting?
Are we capable, together, of making peace with nature? Of redefining our place on an earth of limited resources?
I hope that the exhibition "The Honey Roads" will add to the raising of awareness and the determination that will permit the preservation of the bees and of the free service they provide to the human race.”