Oh Honey!

As a nurse, I can tell you that honey is a real all-rounder, did you know that honey not only has an antibacterial effect and strengthens our immune system but helps to cure burn injuries even faster than other treatments?

Honey is made out of 75% invert sugar, that’s why even if it is healthier than cane sugar you should consume it in moderation and be careful if you suffer from diabetes. In the matter of vitamins, calories and valuable minerals, it is yet a way better choice than industrial sugar.

Small note for those who have children under one year, they should not eat any honey, as the contained bacterial spores or pollen cannot yet be combated by the baby intestine.

 

After this little introduction I want to get to the actual topic, the bees!

Bees are a threatened species that helps us to pollinate our plants. About 1/3 of our plants are pollinated by these small insects. But in recent years, beekeepers around the world have reported a massive decline in bee populations. Factors such as the use of pesticides, environmental stress, diseases, Varroamites and the one-sided diet are responsible for the bee mortality.

In the meantime, China is attempting to pollinate their plants by hand, a tedious task that makes our fruits a rare luxury item. Meanwhile, a dark vision of the future on the Greenpeace side, where robot bees swoop over our fields and meadows, creates an uncomfortable feeling.

As always, I do not want to spread fear or a guilty conscience, but show opportunities to improve. As a bee and honey lover, I came across something great:

Flow Hive:

Flow Hive is the story of an australian beekeeper family who could no longer agree to kill bees in the honey production process. The Anderson family has been practicing the hobby of beekeeping for three generations and for over a decade has been working on a method that makes honey harvesting less stressful and damaging to bees. After much back and forth, the prototype for a novel hive was successfully tested and an Indiegogo campaign was launched.

The goal was initially to get $ 70,000 through donations, but after 15 minutes they had already 250’000 dollars. So this campaign became one of the most successful campaigns ever launched on Indiegogo.

By February 2018, they have exported approximately 51,000 Flow Hives to over 130 countries, people from all over the world want to connect with nature and create a home for bees. Cedar and Stuart, who started the whole project, are also committed to the rights of bees and actively involved in protecting them.

For my part, I would love to put such a beehive in my imaginary Garden, but who knows maybe in the future, I can come back to it, if we have managed, that there are still bees.

 

In Basel they do a lot for wild bees and that is why why I am committed to, I have bought the mother of my boyfriend an insect house where already a whole bee colony has moved in. For another good friend of mine, I bought flower pots made of special substrate, which is healthy and attracts insects like for example, butterflies, which also belong to the pollinators among the animals.

If you have not received enough information in this post you are welcome to check out the links below:

 

https://www.honeyflow.com/about/about-flow/flow-story/p/122

https://www.greenpeace.de/kampagnen/bienen#machmit

https://bienenschutz.ch/

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