Ron Breland

Organic Beekeeper

Ron Breland is a beekeeper and teacher. He is known for having developed a special dodecahedron shaped hive. He lives with his wife in West Nyack, NY.

Raj Patel

Author “Stuffed and Starved”

Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and is an Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to numerous scholarly publications, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the LA Times,, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller.

May Berenbaum


May Berenbaum is an entomologist and professor at the University of Illinois. May speaks in Queen of the Sun about the effects of pesticides on honeybees and also of the fear people have of bee stings. May has been a spokesperson for raising awareness of Colony Collapse Disorder, having appeared before Congress to present information on the crisis. Continue reading “May Berenbaum”

David Heaf

Biochemist and Biodynamic Beekeeper

Lured into beekeeping in 2003, when he gave a talk on genetically modified organisms to a local beekeepers’ association, David soon looked into more bee-appropriate ways of keeping bees. After being introduced by Johannes Wirz to Émile Warré’s natural comb hive in 2006, David and his wife translated Warré’s L’Apiculture Pour Tous and published it as Beekeeping for All in 2007. Now beekeepers in many countries are using the hive. In 2010 David published his own book The Bee-friendly Beekeeper (Northern Bee Books) which examines fundamental attitudes of beekeepers, validates with available scientific evidence more natural approaches to beekeeping, and gathers together the experience of several Warré hive users.