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Honey is very important in your neighborhood!

Saturday, April 05th, 2008

Honey has a chronological progression that starts from early February to mid-March with the biggest national honey event of the year found in California. You might say, why is honey in California important to my neighborhood? The answer is simple. buy Gourmet Honey NowThe commercial beekeeper, coming to California, in the commercial production of honey is directly related to the hobbyist beekeeper in your community and the commercial beekeeper in your community, because the domesticated beehive or the feral bee colony in your neighborhood is responsible for one third of everything we eat. The commercial beekeeper and the honey that he produces is the proving ground for all research, experiments and usually first alerts for disease or Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). These commercial beekeepers are the proving grounds directly helping the remaining national beekeepers to stay in business and to maintain healthy hives. The biggest honey event of the year in the nation, is the California almond pollination season with the arrival of 25 BILLION honeybees. California has this many more honeybees already within the state.

Over one million honeybee hives are used to pollinate the US almond crop that can exceed $1.9 billion this year. Half of these honeybee hives will have to be imported from states as far away as Florida. Finding enough honey hives to pollinate the almond crop becomes more difficult each year. Each year the almond growers plant more almond crops, and the beekeepers have to deal with a barrage of bee diseases such as mites, beetles, foul brood, wax moths and CCD, but the absolute worst is bee rustling. An establish beehive is worth $185 to $225 and the pollination fee is averaging $140 to $150. The bee hive robberies have become epidemic nationwide. Help the beekeeper, if you see strange activity around bee hives at night call 911. Honey production requires that the beehive be stimulated early in the year to increase the number of bees in the hive. For commercial beekeepers this “buildup” of bees for honey gathering is accomplished with the almond pollination season. The honey gathered for this early build up is completely consumed by the newly hatched bees in the hive. Bees need pollen as well as honey to feed the newborn honeybees. The benefit of the honeybees for this pollination event starts with honey bees gathering pollen from an almond flower and depositing the pollen on the next flower to fertilize the seed (almond nut), which in turn gives the tree a signal to build the fruit around the new almond nut.

Next, bee hives are moved to Oregon, Washington, Texas, Kansas and other midwestern states, on up to the Dakotas, Montana, Utah and finally back to Florida or Texas fto pollinate “winter crops”, produce honey and a stay for a warm winter. This pollination migration for other nuts, vegetable and fruit crops such as cabbage, spinach, squash, apples, cherries, apricots, avocados, strawberries, blackberries raspberries, melons, sunflowers, grasses and other crops that produce seeds for next year’s harvest is repeated every year to produce American honey and the bounty of food we require.. After the bees have increased their population in the early spring to adequate numbers to harvest surplus honey, they begin to store more honey than they consume.

Surplus honey is the honey bees will not need to consume to survive the winter. The surplus honey is harvested by the beekeeper. This Honey crop accounts for only 60% of the beekeeper’s annual income. However this is where you come in. By supporting your local beekeeper, you are ensuring that the food that you will need next year will be available. Researchers have found that honey is far more healthier than sugar. Use honey in your cooking recipes, add honey to your dining table and look for healthy honey remedies. You can see that honey is a source of survival in your neighborhood. Support your beekeepers, eat more honey!
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Phys.Org

Pollination mystery unlocked by bee researchers - Phys.org
Phys.Org
Bees latch on to similarly-sized nectarless flowers to unpick pollen – like keys fitting into locks, University of Stirling scientists have discovered.

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Courthouse News Service

Spraying in Almond Orchards May Kill Pollinator Bees
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An almond orchard in full bloom. Scientists say spraying fungicides during bloom – when honey bees are pollinating the future crop – is killing the bees, which ...
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Christian Science Monitor

Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem
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A world without bees wouldn't be pretty, and not just because we'd miss their buzzing on lazy summer afternoons. Bees play an indispensable role in pollination. About 75 percent of our major crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds ...
The Cheerios bee rescue: Can corporations help save pollinators?Christian Science Monitor
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NPR

Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators
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Often considered pests, frightful little creatures with a nasty sting, bees play a critical role in agriculture and the pollination of countless crops. Without them, many varieties of fruits and vegetables would come to an end. It's an agricultural ...

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Yahoo Finance

This Tiny Drone Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee - Yahoo Finance
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Miyako has invented an adhesive gel that collects flowers' pollen grains and deposits them on other flowers upon contact. His goal is to offer farmers a tool to ...

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The Independent

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The feared demise of bumblebees could bring the evolution of the plants they pollinate grinding to a halt – leaving them vulnerable to new diseases and other ...
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Fresno Bee

Bee deaths soar in this year's pollination season, but why is proving to be a whodunit
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A tray from a hive holds thousands of dead bees belonging to Reynaga Pollination of Reedley. The insects, needed by many Valley farmers for pollination, were killed in early February. County officials are trying to figure out how. Marie Reynaga Special ...




KULR-TV

Trump admin reverses course and returns bumble bee species to endangered list
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The creature responsible for pollinating your tomatoes, peppers and cranberries is now back on the endangered species list following a lawsuit against the Trump administration by an environmental organization. The rusty patched bumble bee is the first ...
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KSL.com

How you can help save the bees | KSL.com
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Children used brightly colored tennis balls in a hands-on lesson Tuesday at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to learn about the role of honeybees ...

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bee missing from Honey Nut Cheerios box to raise pollinator awareness
Minneapolis Star Tribune
About 30 percent of all ingredients in the company's products rely on pollination, and more than two-thirds of world crops that feed people are pollinated by bees, the company said. In the last several years, General Mills has given more than $4 ...
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