About this project
Locally grown honey, that you own. Honey is much more than just a sweetener. It has been used for centuries for healing and rejuvenation. Most of the honey sold in stores has been heated and pasteurized. This processing destroys many of the enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious. Regular honey often looks clear and syrupy. Raw honey has not been treated with heat; it is often more buttery, solid and opaque than pasteurized honey and often contains "cappings," or small pieces of beeswax. It is completely left in its natural state and therefore contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to learn about.
Welcome to the real live Farmville. Our mission at Know Your Food is to bring consumers closer to their food. Through ownership urban residents can realize how important bees are to the health of the planet. You can buy as many production units as you want. These units are housed at the Know Your Food ranch nearest you and will provide food for your family for years to come. You will pay a monthly boarding fee to cover the cost of keeping your bees. If at some time in the future you decide to leave the real Farmville environment, KYF will help you sell your bees. Your bees will be raised in a herbicide and pesticide-free environment. We will be sure to manage your bees in the right time frames, just like you would in the game Farmville. But on this farm you are the one that receives the actual harvest even if you live in a city or suburb. At Know Your Food we know enlightened consumers want to make more ethically-based choices about the food they buy. Our consumers want to have ownership of their health. Today's consumers are concerned about supporting both humane husbandry and sustainable agriculture practices which place a high value on quality of life and land. While honey purchased at the grocery store is still healthy for you, owning the hive that pollinates plants that improve the soils for future generations is a more active role in making the world a better place.
Honey, as a natural sweetener is more easily used in the human body. Along with the pollen and other parts of the honey, our immune systems respond in a beneficial manner that protects us from illnesses and allergies.
According the the Permaculture Research Institute,
"There are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff.
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold in the U.S. to see if it contains pollen.
if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff."
When you own the hive you have the choice to use the honey in its raw state and reap the benefits, or to share it with your friends so they have the same health chances you receive from the honey. For bee owners who would like their honey filtered, Know Your Food offers this service for a per pint fee.
Raw honey has been shown to carry 10 or more friendly, G.I. improving bacteria. These bacteria, include lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. This aids digestion for both humans and bees.
Know Your Food Bee feed mostly on wild flowers and plants. Among them are Blue Bonnets, a flower very sensitive to chemicals. This helps us to also monitor plant health and bee health.
The human brain can only survive on glucose as an energy source. Glucose is stored in the liver and is used to produce glycogen, which supplies the brain with energy. While we sleep or exercise hard, the liver has to have enough stored glucose to do this job. It also requires enough fructose (another form of sugar) to process the glucose into glycogen. Honey has the exact amounts of both of these forms of sugar, which is what makes it the perfect fuel for the brain. This can protect us from metabolic diseases like diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity. To help us keep our energy up at Know Your Food, we eat snacks like "Honey Avacado Brownies" found in the Know Your Food recipe book. It is brain food that tastes SWEET.
Risks and challenges
The OOPs clause
Accidents happen with animals. Any living creature may get sick and or die. Part of the monthly boarding fee will go to cover veterinary and insurance costs. Bees will be kept with much careful observation and prevention as well as swift improvement in changes to their health, but sometimes things are just out of our hands. That is what insurance is for.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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