Bzzz… Adopt a Beehive. What does Sponsoring a Hive means?

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Bees go nowadays through an extreme survival situation for various reasons. We are engaged in an ecological and sustainable project that helps to overcome this incidence, providing our experience in beekeeping.

If you love nature and also want to proactively participate in this project, you can Sponsor a Beehive. Why not?. You’ll have the right to two kilograms of Organic Honey and a jar of Propolis per year (This substance is produced by bees and is known to man since ancient times. The medicinal properties that can recognize are:

  •     Antibiotic ((bactericide and fungicide))
  •     Antivirals
  •     Antitumor
  •     Healing
  •     Antiinflammatory
  •     Analgesic
  •     Allergy
  •     Resurfacing
  •     Anesthetic
  •     Immunostimulants), including a guided tour to the hive with the name you choose for an amount of just 40 dollars.

This project aims to generate empathy between people and bees, so that in this way we can continue living with them. If you commit, we for our part make the following commitments:

  • Sustainable management of hives.
  • Location apiary in remote wilderness areas of agricultural cultivated areas, to the maximum of them away from chemicals that make them so much damage.
  • Treatment of hives only allowed in organic beekeeping products.
  • Food with honey and beekeeping biodynamic methods, leaving you book for it enough to spend the winter.
  • Management of bee colonies in a respectful and not aggressive to avoid them as much as possible stressful situations.
  • Process of extracting honey from the combs, filtering and cold storage, so that the honey retains all its original properties.

Bees are disappearing and with them many other pollinating insects that are essential for the development of major crops intended for human consumption in Spain. Therefore, and for the love he professes to these insects, the beekeeper Jesus Gonzalez coordinates the project “Adopt A Hive” where hives sustainably managed and partners can sponsor one to change honey. «Bees can be saved. The key is to create a strong empathic bond with them that impels us to act. We need people to love and want to bees as any other animal or pet», Alejandro Panés (@AlexKafiri) proclaims.

“We no longer remember their buzz and honey we eat is a substitute” he says. Children grow up not knowing how their sting hurts or how it smells a flower. Kiwis, pumpkins, melons, watermelons, zucchini, apples, peaches and almonds have become luxury products, at least the truth. We have reacted late. Overexploitation of hives in manufacturing and indiscriminate use of herbicides and pesticides have dented. Bees can not live in the world we have created.

The above paragraph may well be accompanied by a dark melody, a sharp cry and a certified ‘dystopian product’ label. Unfortunately, it’s not that far from reality. In southwest China, farmers pollinate their apple and pear trees by hand. In Spain we run the serious risk of following in his footsteps. Fortunately, there are still people who have not given up. Jesus Gonzalez takes a lifetime keeping bees and four years as head of Adopt a Beehive in Pedro Bernardo, Ávila. An ecological and sustainable project that puts their bit to overcome this problem. “Bees pollinate up to 160,000 species of fruit, flowers and trees. Of all these, they alone are concerned with the 80 percent,“Jesus says. He is convinced that can be saved. Everything happens for creating and strengthening the bond between people and bees.

Reluctantly, the bees are disappearing and with them many other pollinating insects such as bumblebees — How long haven’t you seen one? —, butterflies and others. In a Greenpeace study, entitled Food under threat, the NGO states that nearly three quarters of major crops for human consumption in Spain depend on pollination by these insects. Something extremely relevant to food level, but also commercial, since Spain is the second largest producer of almonds, peaches and nectarines quarter and third of strawberries, crops belonging to the most vulnerable to lack of pollination by insects. Furthermore, Spain is the EU country most important in terms of honey production, with 17 percent of the total community census.

For its part, the European Union has been made to quantify the depopulation of beehives and identify the causes. In April 2014, the European Reference Laboratory for bee health (EURL) published the results of the first active surveillance program on mortality in bee hives (EPILOBEE). The research was conducted on more than 30,000 hives of 17 members throughout 2012 and 2013 and, in addition to counting deaths, collected agricultural practices and clinical manifestations of the most prominent countries infectious and parasitic diseases. In winter, most delicate time, mortality ranged between 3.5 percent and 33.6 hive. The countries of northern Europe were the most affected with figures above 20 percent while Spain and other Mediterranean countries lost less than 10 percent of the hives studied. However, these data contradict those of the Spanish beekeeping, published in the study of Greenpeace, who claim that the mortality in our country was between 20% and 40 percent. Something is wrong here.

Why bees fall like flies?

Data can be hard to resist, but for Jesus Gonzalez causes are clear: «The disappearance of bees is caused by three reasons: Neonicotinoids, Herbicides, Overexploitation and Varroa». Spain is the EU country most cultivated GM on its soil, especially Monsanto corn variety MON 810. Herbicides used in this kind of farming is highly detrimental because poison fields and plants on which the bees collect. Furthermore, according to the Greenpeace study, the use of insecticides in Spain increased by 56 percent between 1990 and 2010. Currently 319 are authorized insecticides clearly indicating which are hazardous to bees in the product registration card. So why do not you ban it?

“The bee is in danger of extinction because we have exploited in industrial production,” Jesus says. “Industrial operators what they do is take all the honey from the hives and the bees fed with sugar and substitutes. This leads to deficiencies in their diet, along with the action of herbicides, leave your immune system knackered. “Spain is in fact the highest level of professionalism of beekeepers in the EU”. From more than 24,000 beekepers counted by the Ministry of Agriculture, 19.1% gather 150 hives. This percentage means more than 80% of the registered hives. If Spain is the country with the largest beekeeping EU and professionalized, should be very careful by production practices.

As shown in EPILOBEE EU research, only sporadic cases of viral and parasitic epidemics in some member countries, as well as the presence of some insects were detected. However, what we found in most cases was the Varroa, a disease caused by the varroa mite. “This bug appeared 25 years and can destroy entire hives.” The varroa is installed in the cells of the hive and sucks the blood into larvae. It also adheres to the back of the adult to do the same. Researchers have recently warned that chemical treatments against this mite must be changed every 3 or 4 years because it is immunized. Hence it is proved increasingly more natural treatments. «Before bees alone could defend mites, viruses and bacteria. Why not now?», Asks ironically Jesus.

 

What does Jesus do to save bees?

I went to visit their bees on July 15 o ‘day flower Light’, a designated in the biodynamic calendar Rudolph Steiner date on which Jesus opens their hives to receive a cosmic impulse which promotes egg laying queen bee . We put on the suit and as I pulled pictures, he calmed swarms with smoker, checked the population of the combs and stuffed a narrow inner container with an infusion made from seven medicinal plants. Meanwhile, I listened carefully to the small portion of your bee universe was telling me. «They know me already. I developed a relationship with them and I know how to identify».

Jesus managed sustainably hives also have them in a wild place up to them away as much as possible of herbicides and insecticides used by farmers. «We feed them well. In autumn we leave up to 15 kilos of honey to pass the winter and we have nonprofit hives from which honey do not get anything all year. When bees reach overpopulation, she born another queen and half the hive takes to settle elsewhere in the mountain». If an epidemic of varroa is presented, they use only authorized for organic beekeeping as thymol and formic acid treatments.

Treat them like queens is fine, but Jesus knows that salvation is by bringing people to the bees to understand their situation. For this purpose, the project partners sponsor a beehive for 40 dollars a year in exchange for three kilos of honey, or two, and one of propolis; to name a hive and entitled to a guided tour. Currently it has partners in Valencia, Asturias, Valladolid, Madrid and Ávila. As if that were not enough, just opened an interpretation center of bees in hives Pedro Bernardo with transparent walls, honey production sites and other facilities for the purpose of hosting tours for schools, associations and visitations. «Bees can be saved. It is very important that you put it inside the article because the media are always very pessimistic»

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