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Organic bee products: Why is ORGANIC important to bee products?

September is about celebrating ORGANIC and we are celebrating organic bee products and raising awareness about its endless benefits for biodiversity and wildlife.

ORGANIC helps enhance soil fertility and creates the highest standards for animal welfare, helping combat climate change, avoiding the usage of GMOs or pesticides, insecticides or other toxic compounds, leading altogether to a substantially better quality of life, fresher air, helping eliminate carbon dioxide, offering better taste and far more nutrients in soil and food, enjoying nature’s gifts as they should be, simply as Nature intended.

Photo: Adam Niescioruk

What about organic when it comes to bees, beekeeping and beehive foods?

ORGANIC standards may vary across countries which nowadays needs more attention to be paid off and standards may evolve and change, but generally, organic beekeeping practices tend to adhere to the same unanimous core of considering the use of natural practices and reducing or even avoiding the chemical usage in the beekeeping practice.

I will give you an example of a common practice in the beekeeping world, no matter how small or large the production is: if bees feed on organic sugar or organic syrupy substances that not only contain sugar, but other compounds too-then there is the right to have the apiaries certified ORGANIC.

SUGAR is natural, it comes from sugar beets or sugarcane…but if you think at the detrimental effects that sugar can have on bees’health, their life span, their quality of life, the impact on the foods they create and ultimately on us, consuming them thinking it’s all organic, therefore it must do good, when in fact, we load our system with chemicals.

The word BEEKEEPING needs redefining nowadays as the commercial production of bee products is on an industrial scale, involving a number of unethical methods to generate massive production.

What is forgotten and not practiced anymore due to industrialization is that bees colonies require all the hive products for their own health and survival and not substitutes of honey, pollen, royal jelly.

Our bees always feed exclusively on the foods they create and harvesting small quantities they always take priority over human consumption.

Our recommendation is to always do your research and choose wisely, making an informed decision when purchasing any bee product.

Raw Pot: Harvesting in Transylvania in 2019

What to consider when choosing bee products and how we do it?

LOCATION

Where bees live is a crucial factor determining the quality of the foods they create as this aspect greatly depends on the flora, its variety and its purity.

A certified organic apiary must be located away from potential sources of contamination, such as urban areas, motorways, industrial areas, waste dumps and waste incinerators as well as away from genetically modified crops as one cannot control where bees pollinate.

Our bees live in the mountainous region of Transylvania, a green area which is considered the most biodiverse region in Europe, with a rich and varied flora where bees can truly flourish.

THE BEEHIVE CONSTRUCTION

The house of the bees, also known as “beehive” should be made of natural materials to avoid risk of contamination with toxic compounds either the environment or the bee products and bees themselves.

Our beehives are made of wood and we use only natural materials in the build of the beehives to promote healthy maintenance of the colonies.

MANAGING BEES

Bees are encouraged to develop their natural defence mechanisms against parasites and diseases without the use of miticides, medication or other human interference in the natural processes of the bee.

We never use antibiotics or veterinary products for controlling disease, we only use natural, organic methods to maintain optimal health of the colonies such as propolis, wax and plant oils.

BEES FOOD

Allowing bees to consume their own FOODS they create – is a golden rule-therefore they must not be removed all from the hives – sufficient honey and pollen must be left for the bees themselves to feed during the winter months, otherwise if all or partially taken and replaced with substitutes they struggle to remain healthy and vigorous affecting the quality of their life, killing off their natural ability to develop coping mechanisms as well as greatly impacting the foods they create.

SUSTAINABILITY and WELFARE OF BEES

We love bees, beekeeping and beehive foods and therefore we respect their Nature, their nesting and forage needs, nurturing a remarkable awareness to sustainability and saving the bees, connecting with the real Nature of bees, practicing and promoting sustainable beekeeping which contributes only positively to biodiversity.

We trust that sustainable beekeeping is not only a fascinating way to explore the world, but also evolving, protecting and maintaining a healthy environment, providing safe home for bees where they could flourish.

We DO NOT clip the wings of the queen bee, nor we use artificial insemination.

Also, we DO NOT feed our bees artificially with any other products.

We do things artisanally and follow Nature’s rhtyhm and real tradition, which seems to be forgotten nowadays.

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