Our world these days is filled with much speculation, guesswork and approximation of the truth.
The truth I’m referring to is the one scientists and dreamers alike are spending a lot of time contemplating — what’s been happening to our honeybees?
After reading and researching about the disappearance of honeybee colonies (what researchers have termed “colony collapse disorder”) I cannot conclude any one thing inherent to the cause. My best speculation is that it’s a repercussion of the size of our environmental imprint on the nature we live in that causes this phenomenon.
If we ever want to reverse our march towards hive destruction and depletion of natural honey supplies we must each take personal dietary steps towards replenishing the vitality of our hives. We need to start looking at the full spectrum of our dietary food chain. Soil quality should be of utmost importance, along with purity of water and cleanliness of air. Buying fruits and vegetables that have been properly pollinated by worker bees is a positive decision you can make in everyday life that will directly affect the quality of life for the world’s honeybees.
Protection and proliferation of honeybees must become more important to our food chain if we want not only to maintain the supplies of pure honey available to consumers, but ensure pollination of our overall food crops.
I can’t control the amount of pollution put out by my fellow people. I can only control what I choose to consume in regards to health. If the world chooses to ignore the warning that our bees are sending us, our current state of health and state of living may be hard to maintain, in fact, our way of living could change forever.
If examined closely you’ll notice that most of the honey available on supermarket shelves has been heavily processed, often lacking pollen. The safest way to ensure you’re supporting the hive is by buying your honey from the local beekeeper. He or she can often be found hawking honey at the local farmers’ market, or you can grab some from a well stocked natural food market. The key words to look for when purchasing honey are “raw” and “unpasteurized.” These label statements let you know the producer hasn’t mucked with the honey using additives or unneeded ultra filtration techniques.
Besides honey and lemon in your teacup to ease a sore throat, the easiest recipe I know that’s made awesome with the use of honey is this pizza dough recipe.