My more than 2 cents on Flow Hives and likely negative public perception impacts re bees and beekeeping.
Less Flow Hive . . . More Know Hive
$5.3 million dollars were recently spent for a new gadget called The Flow Hive. It promises to deliver honey “from hive to plate of pancakes” with just the twist of a lever.
That’s $5.3M of hopeful bee-lievers.
The below reality is gonna “sting the dream”.
As modern consumers, we’ve adopted “hot and now / sweet and now” expectations of how and what we eat.
Honey is like dessert: something to savor after a healthy meal. We can have it only when we’ve earned it. Similarly, only healthy, carefully tended bees with access to a diverse and ample flower varieties can produce surplus honey we crave to the tune of $5.3M.
Top two concerns:
- $5.3 million dollars of newbee-beekeepers with an “easy sweets and now” frame of mind will likely in a year or two feel the sting of being misled and heave this plastic gadget and beekeeping as a hobby, straight to the trash.
- Under-tended Flow Hives that make it into their second year tend to swarm (divide) and, in urban or suburban settings, may start a new hive in the walls of a home. Most folk do not want 50,000 tiny roommates, no matter how gentle they may be.
Both scenarios set back much-needed better understanding of bees’ actual needs: what we can and must learn from them about health and sustainability.
America and the planet needs beekeepers (backyard to commercial operations) that are dedicated to tending bees naturally, selecting for healthier bees just as seed savers select from their best plants.
Such beekeepers help make gardens more abundant, supporting local food security. Bees in neighborhoods also play an ambassador role: encouraging those still using pesticides to try less toxic methods.
Therefore, if you or someone you know has bought into the Flow Hive, please, start learning from local beekeepers, YouTube and books about how to naturally and responsibly tend bees.
Make honey harvests be a gift your bees give you in return for the care you’ve given them year in / year out.
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