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What's the Buzz on Bees?

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

The Buzz

Did you know that a world without Bees is a world that cant exist in?

✶Bees are the one species on the planet that our food supply is dependent on

✶ Bees pollinate fruit, vegetable and nut crops

✶They contribute to 1/3 of ALL food on our plates

✶ “Over 65% of Australian Agriculture depends on bees, both wild, native and domesticated.”

– Jack Stone, Bee One Third

The Sting

✶ Around the world, contributing factors to bee decline are “disease, pests, habitat loss, lack of seasonal forage where there used to be plenty of food year around”

– Jack Stone, Bee One Third

✶ The unethical treatment and process of some practices are also responsible for the bee decline

✶ “On a large commercial scale, managed bees are treated as pure livestock, meaning they are handled in industrial manners to achieve targets and results. This happens through the need for efficiency and minimal manpower on hand.”

– Jack Stone, Bee One Third

✶ If bees were to become extinct, we would lose hundreds of crops pollinated by bees like Apples, Pears, Mangos, Plums, Almonds and Cashew’s

✶ Worldwide food supply would diminish in a few years, as would bird species due to lack of food

We spoke Jack Stone, founder of Bee One Third to find out more:

“We here at Bee One Third, try to treat our bees with the utmost respect. We only manage a few hives in comparison to the industrial honey farmers, meaning we are able to spend more time cautiously servicing the hives. This means less death from crushing bees, and less stress on the hive.

When we remove honey from our beehives, we always leave an acceptable amount in case the bees are hit with a drought in forage and food, keeping our bees happy and healthy is the main priority.

We do not use any chemicals inside our hives, opting for organic and chemical free interventions when needed. Often, these processes are slow acting, meaning our bees take longer to recover from whatever has got them down – but, I’m 100% against any industrial treatments.

All of our honey’s and product we create through the hives, from our honeycomb, bee pollen, local honey and beeswax, are all small batch, seasonal representations of the local flora in flower at that time of the season.”

– Jack Stone

Bee Kind

✶ Plant bee friendly plants in your garden and bee-aware of pesticides

✶ Buy bee products from local bee keepers with practices that are ethical and sustainable

Written by Mila King

Bee One Third

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