Many individuals are turning to their own gardens for cheaper, healthier, and more sustainable ways to obtain food, but a lot of food-mavens overlook at-home beekeeping to protect their local environment, find joy, and harvest a hearty treat for family, friends, and profit!
In 2006, scientists first began noticing the loss of a significant number of bee hives, a phenomenon now known as the Colony Collapse Disorder. Although the reason for this bee exodus is unclear, experts believe the disappearance of colonies to be a consequence of heavy commercial pesticide use and diminishing vegetation. This occurrence has grown into a significant, but underpublicized environmental issue because pollination is essential for plant life, and honey bees are responsible for approximately 80% of all insect pollination (Arizona Daily Sun, 2017).
Bee pollen (not honey) is a precious superfood that contains almost all necessary human nutrients: amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids, folic acid, and protein. In fact, consuming bee pollen (especially local to one’s location) has been found to be a homeopathic allergy-symptom relief.
A local chain in Maryland, MOM’s Organic Market, created an at-home beekeeping association providing the necessary resources for DIY beekeeping with the purpose to protect and restore the environment.
Many home-keepers claim that observing and caring for their bees is the best part of their day as it brings them an incredible feeling of relaxation and gratitude for the beautiful world we inhabit.
Arizona Daily Sun