How to save the bees
Our world has been transforming over the past 60 years, and so has our agriculture and the lives of the bees. Where there once were plenty and diverse sources of food for the bees, we have now limited (both timewise and variety) sources of food, leading to a struggle of the bees that are now fighting to survive.
An old beekeeper told us once a very interesting and story from his experience. In the 1960s when most of the people cultivate lands for their own use and to feed their animals, his father harvests honey three times per season at one location. As people became less dependent on their own food production, they earned salaries outside agriculture, they stopped keeping livestock, and they stopped cultivating the lands and gardening. During that time, in the 1980s, they use to harvest honey two times per season, and they did not feed the bees, as bees were still able to collect enough food for themself and for the beekeepers. The trend in decreased use of land and cultivation continued. In the 2000s he was able to harvest once a year and to leave enough food for the bees. But for the last decade, in the 2010s, every year has been unpredictable. Now, at the same location, in some years he was able to harvest once per season, and in some years he was unable to harvest any honey and even had to feed the bees so they can survive the winter.
There are many factors that have led to this situation nowadays. The practice today among beekeepers is to group more than 100 hives in one place. Before, a beekeeper had less than 20 hives. Additionally, the agricultural practices before were not monocultural, for example planting one species of corn across a huge area of land like it is done today, preventing bees to get food throughout the entire season given the lack of varieties in food. Furthermore, pesticides and new diseases have emerged that affect bees and for which we don’t have an effective solution.
A major problem also is that we are trying to learn beekeeping from old books and practices that were relevant 20-30 years ago. One of the obvious things we can do is to spread the bees around us and make the environment friendly for them. Instead of grouping a lot of bees in one place, distribute a few hives, each in a different space. This simple practice will be much better for the environment, for the bees, and for you as a beekeeper.
In return, given that each location has unique DNA or makeup of plants you will also get a unique taste of your honey. Further, gift your neighbor some of your honey, which comes from your and their gardens, engage them, encourage them to plant more honey plants, make new friendships (who knows they will start beekeeping too)
As you know honey can last forever, if properly stored. Imagine the value of your legacy if you left your grandchildren a collection of honey that sorted by years, bees, and gardens!
Let us together change the world by saving the bees. We encourage you to start beekeeping. We understand that a major obstacle is how to start, how to do it, and other unknows that causes many to not do it. We are developing a technology that will assist you through this process seamlessly. However, everything is still up to you, you have to take the first step and we will guide you through that entire process. As they say, the most difficult step in a marathon is the first step. We hope you will make that first step and be a part of the solution to save the bees.