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“I’ve been searching for power-packed smoothie supplements to get me through the winter doldrums, and bee pollen keeps making an appearance in “superfood” lists. I finally picked up a small bottle from the honey stand at my local farmer’s market. Curious about these golden granules? Read on.

Bee pollen (not to be confused with airborne pollen, which causes allergies and hay fever) is what results when honeybees pick up flower pollen granules, mix them with regurgitated honey or nectar, and pack them into “baskets” on their hind legs to take back to the hive. Due to their impressive nutritional profile, bee pollen pellets have a serious superfood reputation. A tablespoonful of bee pollen contains about 45 calories and consists of 35% protein, 55% carbohydrate, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins. Bee collected pollen also reportedly contains 8 flavonoids, at least 11 carotenoids, vitamins C, E, all the Bs, all free amino acids, minerals, more than 100 enzymes and several growth regulators.

Because of this, bee pollen is best consumed raw to preserve as many nutrients as possible. The taste varies according to the type of flower the pollen came from (obviously), but in general bee pollen tends to have a slightly sweet, slightly floral taste…”

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Last night the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support ? Yay bees!!!

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“We did it!!! We accomplished the seemingly never-ending task of getting the City of Port Washington to pass the urban beekeeping ordinance! After 3 months of hard work, Ordinance #2012-1 passed unanimously last night. While this means absolutely nothing to some people and very little to most others, and while I am not “changing the world,” after battling for over 3 months to get this changed, this huge victory in my little corner of the world means everything to me because it literally has been my world. So as insignificant as this may be to people, please allow me to celebrate for a few days because we quite literally accomplished the impossible.”

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World renowned Biodynamic Beekeeper Gunther Hauk says in Queen of the Sun:

“I think the message the bees are giving us now that they are threatening to disappear from the earth is that they are telling us to change our ways, to become stewards, to become nurturers, to become true caretakers. We are in such a habit of exploiting nature for our own ends and now we have to learn how to care for it. The honey bees right now I think are saying if you continue your ways, I’m withdrawing, you can go the way you are going without me and that will not be a long time that we will be going without the honey bee.”

[via Queen of The Sun]

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Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles!!


VIDEO: at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market – Los Angeles, CA

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PLEASE SIGN OUR NEW PETITION : Legalize Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles!!

Atlanta, New York, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Spokane, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and most recently Santa Monica have all taken decisive action and legalized urban beekeeping. Los Angeles currently outlaws beekeeping in residential areas, and the city’s policy is to exterminate all feral honey bees. With worldwide bee populations threatened with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and urban beekeeping more popular than ever, this policy needs to change. We believe it to be a necessary and just measure requiring immediate action.

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“bee sweet. bring your own towel.

PeopleTowels – the on-the-go, sustainable alternative to paper towels.

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Photo: honey :: bears (by reny :: honey)

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Photo: Honey Bee (by choimet)

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VIDEO: Beekeeping in the city
Mateo Rutherford shows us the bees in his Berkeley (CA) backyard, the recycled hive boxes (out of scrap lumber) and the very important water source for their bees (an old hot tub).

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