The journalist and writer Jaime Torres Torres proudly displays his latest book “Camila's ecological adventure”. (Supplied)
After reading a piece of news about the robotic bees used by the Monsanto company to pollinate its transgenic crops, journalist and writer Jaime Torres Torres had the concern to investigate more about this practice and its consequences on the environment.
From that concern was also born the story “Camila's ecological adventure”, a fable for children and adults starring Camila and other children from the coastal town Azíol, located in the imaginary Puerto Esperanza. A story with which he wants to teach children the important role of bees as pollinators.
“The story makes a complaint about the indiscriminate development of our natural resources and puts into perspective what it would mean if Monsanto's robotic bees eventually destroy the bees we know,” explains Torres, who highlights that in the book there is also a speech to favoring the conservation of the environment and biodiversity. He explains, for example, that the Monsanto company, acquired by the pharmaceutical company Bayer, has thousands of acres in the Salinas area where they grow transgenic food.
“To grow them they use glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in their herbicide Roundup, which has been shown to cause cancer, Alzheimer's and autism in children. That also motivated me to write this story, ”adds Torres, who has a license as a technician in the management and removal of swarms and hives from the Escuela de Apicultura del Este.
According to the writer, after discovering the bee sanctuary of the Cueva María de la Cruz, in Loíza, and giving beekeeping workshops to children of the community, he knew that it was more than necessary for them to know, in a fun and entertaining way, everything what bees bring to our lives. Thus, he says, he began to write the fable and develop characters, such as the girl Camila, the main character.
“History makes use of poetry and the bomb to present these characters who begin to declaim verses to the rhythm of the bomb” and the intruders -as I say to robotic bees-, disintegrate every time they hear the verses and the music of the drums ”.
“In the story you will find bees playing the bomb and declaiming poetry; You are going to find some children with environmental awareness guided by Camila's father, who seeks to distract them from technology through an ecological expedition-type game that is none other than going out to explore the natural landscapes of Axiol, to identify the damage to the environment environment, ”Torres explains about the plot of the book, which he describes as an educational text.
“It is a simple story that appeals to the imagination, starting from real events, to help release children's curiosity. I use the fable, to communicate and exhort us to take care of the environment and to put an end to indiscriminate development. For example, I have witnessed here, in Rio Grande, how the Espiritu Santo river natural reserve has been deforested and I wanted to take advantage of this genre of the story to draw attention to this, ”emphasizes Torres, while highlighting that, of his three previous publications (“Each head is a world: The story of Héctor Lavoe”, “Frankie Ruiz: The legend of a sonero” and “The other face of the Church), this story is the one that has provided the most satisfaction and of the that more joy has derived.
The proceeds from the sale of this book, says the writer, will benefit the School of Beekeeping of the East, an educational space that also offers an extremely important service. “Anyone who has a need to manage a swarm or hive on their property, they provide the services of a beekeeper, free of charge.”
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