Did you know that honey bees perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide? Numerous crops like apples, cranberries, melons, broccoli and almonds would cease to exist without the hard-working bees’ contribution to our food system.
Since 2006 beekeepers around the world have been reporting losses of 30-90% of their honeybee colonies. Researchers have named this mysterious phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Though the exact cause of CCD is still under investigation, many researchers believe that the widespread use of insecticides, ecosystem destruction through both human and natural interactions, and climate change all can be considered attributable forces to the loss of honeybee colonies. Thankfully, bee conservations and the issues surrounding colony collapse are moving to the forefront of our collective consciousness.
As a honey producer, our goal is to deliver superior quality Manuka and gourmet honey without burdening the environment or our friends the honeybees! Our bees are treated much the way we wish to be treated, with respect and dignity. They are by extension a part of our family and as such are treated accordingly.
We often hear from concerned customers who are anxious to help the bee population but don’t know where to start. Whether you’re a green thumb with a garden, or a city-dweller, we have compiled a list of ways you can partake in the effort to save the bees.
• Banning pesticides and chemicals from your garden creates an environment in which pollinators can thrive.
• Just like humans, bees love diversity in their diet! Try to plant a varied selection of plants to supply pollinators with an abundance of pollen and nectar.
• Along with a native plant species, plant a herb garden with anything in the mint family, including perennial sages, and allow them to flower to really attract native bee species.
• Make sure to avoid hybrid plant varieties as they often do not produce as much nectar or pollen as heirloom varieties!
• Create habitats for wild bees if you have the space – leave branches, bare ground and natural shelters for bees rather than landscaped and manicured lawns.
• Choose non-GMO and organic products whenever possible to support those who are also doing their part to help save the bees!