Bees and Pollinators

Protecting our Species – World Earth Day 2019

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd of April each year to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. Because of our love for bees, this year’s theme, protecting our species is very important to us.

Many times we see the #savethebees and while this is important the #savethepollinators is even more so. As beekeepers we here the stories about the loss of bees due to farmers spaying insecticides on their crops (remember, bees are insects too). But one must imagine if this is happening to the bees what about or other pollinators? our native stingless bees, our butterflies etc.

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butterflies are important pollinators also.

We suppose the bigger question to this may be, “How does this affect our health?” A good start would be getting to know your farmers. Ask questions, and don’t be afraid to buy fruit and vegetables that aren’t perfect. Avoid using chemicals that have fipronil or glyphosate listed as their active ingredient. These can be very harmful to bees. And if you can, grow more of your own food.

β€œIn nature, nothing exists alone.”
β€” Rachel Carson, 1962

Earth Day Network is asking people to join their Protect our Species campaign. Their goals are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

In commemoration of Mother Earth Day let us know what you are doing in the comments section.

The 2018 Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Since starting the business that is Tropical Hives I will say that I have grown with it. As a first generation agricultural practitioner the journey has been one of highs and lows. I have an even greater respect for farmers. Their efforts help provide food for our families.

This year, one of our primary goals is to form a deeper relationship with our farmers. Together we can accomplish amazing thing.

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1st apiary visit for 2018

2018 marks the start of us documenting our journey authentically and learning from mistakes along the way. Every step forward is a step in the right direction.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. β€” Izaak Walton