Help Save the Honey Bee
The honey bee plays a critical role in human survival by producing up to one-third of the world’s food supplies. One in every three bites of food we eat has been pollinated directly or indirectly by a honey bee.
Despite honey bees being our most important pollinators, for the last several years’ bee population numbers have declined at an unprecedented rate.
Scientists, bee keepers and environmentalists have fretted over the future of bee populations as their colonies remain in deep trouble and continue to struggle.
The honey bee is threatened by a host of causes, sometimes called ‘Colony Collapse Disorder.’ The reasons for the decline in bee numbers are complex, and not yet fully understood. However, some of the primary drivers to honey bee loss can include poor nutrition, pesticide use, disease, the Varroa Mite and intensive agricultural practices.
In contrast, organic farming supports the natural biodiversity of the soil, land and environment. Paramount to good organic farming is enhancing the biodiversity of insects, animals and a wide range of plants. Each plant, insect and animal has an important role in supporting the life of the farm, including the bee.
In order to protect ourselves and future generations it is imperative to take active steps to preserve healthy bee colonies. Honey bees keep us alive, as opposed to the other way around.
About the Niue Honey Company
Andy Cory founded the Niue Honey Company in 1999 after purchasing a series of abandoned bee hives off the government. He immediately recognised that his bees were “special.”
Unlike the rest of the world, his bees were completely free of all the diseases and hardships that affected other bee colonies.
Thanks to Niue’s geographical location and relative isolation, today, Andy’s bees are still just as healthy. They are the last known colony in the world to be free from disease and the stress of the Varroa Mite.
Andy considers the preservation of the Niue honey bees as “critical in the fight against the decline of the world’s honey bee stocks.”
The Niue Honey Company is crusading against the world’s bee decline by looking to convert their existing bee refuge into a formal sanctuary with enhanced biosecurity measures.
The Pacific Bee sanctuary will cover the whole island of Niue – a total of 260square kilometres. The sanctuary will also support a high-quality research centre to explore the genetic diversity of the Niue bee stock.
The sanctuary aims to grow, protect and rejuvenate the world’s declining bee population by supporting Niue’s healthy, pure and Varroa free colonies.
Currently, Andy owns and manages 1,000 hives on Niue. After the sanctuary is built, this number should increase to 4,000 hives – all under organic and sustainable management.
Andy is adamant that his bee sanctuary continues to thrive. “We just want to build it up again to its full potential. Hopefully you can give us a hand with that.”
How You Can Help
To help kick-start the Pacific Bee Sanctuary, the Niue Honey Company needs your support.
You can provide support in a number of ways – whether this is through a direct donation or purchasing a pot of ‘Save the Bee’ honey.
‘Save the Bee’ honey is proudly made on the Island of Niue without genetic modification, pesticides or antibiotics. All sales from ‘Save the Bee’ will go towards funding the Pacific Bee Sanctuary and research centre.
To learn more about the Nuie Honey Company or to donate, click here.
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