beekeeping diaries / one

Saturday, 5 July 2014

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a few months ago, i decided to become a beekeeper.

most of my friends thought it was another of those crazy projects i came up with until it became a recurrent theme in our conversations. i would lie if i didn't admit the prospect of getting an average of fourteen kilos of honey per hive wasn't a very attractive thought. i guess sweeter than the sting.

not only i will be able to produce honey, but becoming a beekeeper will help me take a step further in my quest of slowing down and connecting with nature. plus, bees desperately need us. in recent years, the number of bee colonies has dramatically fallen, mainly due to what is called the colony collapse disorder and the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops in modern agriculture. this is something to be taken very seriously and which could affect over one-third of the fruit and vegetable we eat, as this campaign from whole foods market showed last year. so if i can do my bit to contribute to the survival of our entire ecosystem, i think it's fair i try. einstein said:
"if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. no more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." 
as soon as i get to cornwall, i will look for a suitable place to keep my bees, sign up the local beekeeping association and get started, but first i need do my homework and learn the basics to understand the honeybee life cycle, their biology, how to recognise diseases and control swarm, as well as queen bee rearing.

if you're interested in bees, check the documentary vanishing of the bees, greenpeace's bee in decline report, the guardian's article 'what is the value of the bees?' and the national geographic article 'the plight of the bee'.

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