I am sure you have heard this before, but our honeybees are in trouble!
Colony Collapse Disorder is a problem mainly of commercial beekeepers where entire beehives simply pack up and leave or are found dead. The theories behind their disappearance are varied and complex and range between environmental toxins and pesticide use, to cell phone radiation.
The truth of the matter is that for whatever reason our honeybees are dying
off, without a dramatic change in the way we approach beekeeping, we could be in for some big trouble in the future.
It has been suggested that more than 2/3 of the food we eat is directly impacted by the lowly honeybee.
Our commercial beehives are under a great amount of stress, they are moved all accross the country, fed high fruitcose corn syrup over the winter months, have to deal with wasps, ants, Trachial Mites, Varroa Mites and the Small Hive Beetle.
How can you help?
We need Backyard Beekeepers!
Commonsensebeekeeping.com is dedicated to the backyard beekeeper. Especially in the southern states where we have to deal with the Africanized Honeybee (AKA Killer Bee) This aggressive bee has changed the way we must look at beekeeping in general. It is only through commonsense beekeeping that we can reduce the danger of this more vigorous bee. According to a study of the genetics of a selection of feral bees in Southern Calif in 1994 by UC Davis Ag School, 87% had "African" genes. It is only by making sure that there are enough drones (male bees) from gentler stock in an area that we can help reduce the level of aggression in our wild bees.
We want to implement a community and national outreach program dedicated to the backyard beekeeper, and help bring our food back to a local level again.
With your help, we can purchase a honey extractor that can be used by backyard beekeepers in the community, at least one observation hive to take beekeeping into the classroom, 10 more beehives to bring our total to 20, 20 propolis traps, 20 pollen traps, and a couple of ventilated bee suits to be used by students who want to get up close and personal with the honeybees and learn about beekeeping.
Beekeeping is about more than just honey!
Other bee products include;
Beeswax which can be used in making natural beeswax candles, lip balm, hand lotion, healing salves, hand cream, cosmetics, facial cleansing masks, as a lubricant to wooden drawers, and more!
Honey is not just for your morning toast! Honey a healthy and natural sweetener but it is also used in lip balms, hand lotions, healing salves, etc., for its antibactrial properties. Dont forget Honey and lemon for that cough, cold or sore throat! It is also used in making honey wine and good ole fashioned mead.
Bee Pollen has so many health benefits that it will astound you! It is full of micro and macro nutrients, it will also make you feel great, have more sustained energy, increase your endurance, relieve stress, enhance your immunity, and reduce allergies... as well as improve your sex life.
Propolis Is a 100% natural product · Has no side effects · Is a powerful immune booster. Propolis Fights aging through elimination of free radicals · Helps your body to protect itself against illness and disease. Although the chemical composition of Propolis is very complex, the properties of Propolis have shown extensive antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Because of these biological properties
Royal Jelly is what the honeybees feed a baby bee to make it a queen bee.
Just a few of the commonly associated benefits of royal jelly include, More energy, Weight Loss or weight control, Healthier skin and hair, More youthful appearance, Strengthened immune system, Improved Reproductive health, greater resistance to colds and flu and many other health benefits.
Remember your help in reaching our goal is going to help promote urban beekeeping and local food production
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