Some time ago a colleague said to me ‘let’s go urban bee farming’. I wondered to myself what must be involved in that. It was a time before the world came alive with the awareness at just how threatened our honey bees are across the globe, so like most people then, I was clueless. I realised too, I was totally unaware of honey bees and the key role they play in food security and the quality of our lives – as they buzz about breathing life into bio-diversity corridors and adding their magic to crops that we have come to take for granted as beautiful, full-bodied fruits and vegetables in our supermarkets.
My investigations in educating myself took me to meetings with incredible human beings whose love of honey bees was simply infectious. And the more I learnt from them, the more I wanted to share with anyone who was keen to listen. Educating Eve became The Bee Effect. A program to share information and address what I have come to believe is a main threat to honey bee survival – a lack of diverse flora in their diets.
The impact of monoculture crops, climate change and urban development creep directly affects the quantity & diversity of food available for them. And that is something we can all fix.
We can all participate in feeding honey bees, in our backyards, on our veranda’s, unused farmland, municipal walkways and community parks and lands – using our land bee-effectively – we can plant food to feed our honey bees. And that is what The Bee Effect Seed Programs, Bee Havens and planting and hive-homing projects are achieving.
Working in collaboration with bee-lovers, beekeepers, landowners and businesses, The Bee Effect is about #BeeCentric.
Eve – Founder of The Bee Effect