Bee-cause of our technology!
The global bee population has been facing a rapid decrease in numbers over the last few decades, with bee colonies declining by 60% from 1947 to 2008 in the US alone. This is certainly a cause for alarm, as the extinction of bees can contribute to catastrophic global calamities.
Global Food Shortage can be attributed to the lack of bees!
Bees do far more than just offer us, honey. In fact, bees are responsible for pollinating 75% of global food crops, which means that you’ve got bees to thank for roughly every third bite of food you take! Interestingly, research has shown that bees have a far greater impact on the success of one’s agricultural efforts than both, fertilizer and water, as they ensure cross-pollination and the survival of different species of crops. As cross-pollination is vital for fruit and vegetable crops to survive (and meet global food demands), it’s fair to say that without honey bees, a human can expect not just a significant drop in the availability of such foods, but also a sharp rise in prices, thereby worsening global hunger.
It’s not just the fruits and vegetable crops that are affected, though. Crops that are predominantly used as fodder for livestock will also be affected by the decline in the bee population as they rely on the same for pollination. As a result, the food shortage will extend to meats and dairy products too.
For those with a more capitalist mindset, note that research has indicated that berry crops pollinated by bees yielded berries that were better formed, juicier, had higher nutritional value, and even a longer shelf-life. So, no matter which way you slice it, preserving the bee population is imperative from both an ecological and business-oriented perspective.
What’s killing the bees?
The decline in the bee population is largely attributed to harsh insecticides and pesticides, fast-paced urbanization contributing to the destruction of natural habitats, global warming, air pollution, drought, and a nutrition deficit.
Additionally, harsh agricultural practices that leave bees traumatized are also to blame for the decline in bee colonies – after all, like humans, bees get depressed and stop working too!
How are we working towards saving bees?
Our technology addresses two major problems – the first being the decline in the bee population and the second being harsh practices that leave bees traumatized. Here’s how:
Our high-tech bee frames have smart sensors that allow us to monitor the habitat to ensure maximum comfort.
Our frames are designed in a way to ensure that the brood frames (the part of the hives that house the queen bee and her larvae) are not tampered with. As a result, beekeepers can leave 20% of the honey behind for the larvae to feast on, thereby eliminating any trauma for the bees. This also makes sure that the bees are not subjected to forage that’s filled with pesticides, which further keep them healthy and happy.
Additionally, as our extraction processes are automated, we ensure that the hives themselves are not damaged when the honey is removed.
Restoring the global bee population requires a systemic and consistent change in agricultural and government policies, which can take many years to implement. We firmly believe that eco-friendly beekeeping is the most convenient and easy-to-implement solution that offers measurable impacts.