There have been numerous reports, like the one below by the BBC, that neonnicotinoids are a factor in colony collapse disorder. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27980344 The British Government was so moved by this evidence that they, along with the EU, banned it’s use on crops. Now it has come out that the ban means that crops, especially the … More Neonicotinoids and what’s going on in the UK
Spelling more trouble for bees everywhere, the government of the United Kingdom has temporarily lifted the ban on a neocotinoid pesticide that has proven to be directly linked to their sharp decline in recent years. The ban was placed earlier by the European Union after studies clearly showed the pesticide caused significant harm to bees. The … More Spelling more trouble for the bees
If you were ever wondering how honey is really made, we found this simple, yet elegant video that beautifully explains how the wondrous substance is created! With the use of simple animation, the author outlines the journey of the bee, all the way from drawing the nectar of flowers to placing a ‘wax-cap’ on the freshly prepared honey.
Monoculture is the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop or plant species in a field. While this increases efficiencies in modern agricultural practices and generates more revenue for farmers, there is also a downside to all of this. In the informational video below for the “Bee The Change” campaign, acclaimed American journalist Michael … More Monoculture and it’s impact on the bees
An up-close and personal look at bees, by our friends at PBS. Ever wondered about how bees live? All of this and more is answered in this excerpted PBS’s bee documentary. If we’re going to actually save these critters, we’d best get to know them for more than their sting! Everything you’d want to know … More The life and times of a bee
Fascinating minute long video following the stages of a bee’s birth.
You may have heard about the unique way that bees communicate. It’s called the waggle dance. Bee scouts move and waggle themselves to create a map for other bees to locate the flowers they have already pollinated. Give them a look!
Ever wonder how beekeeping actually started? If truth be told, we thought it would be cool to move bees around from place to place to help pollinate crops and feed multitudes of people. Beekeeping truly is an art, and while it might look simple, like the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, there’s more to it … More Short history of bee keeping