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WHEN THE HONEY IS CORPORATE COMMITMENT
(cronista.com article translated from spanish)


The maintenance and care of beehives becomes a new trend to encourage the internal customer and produce a benefit for the community. The keys to a different practice CSR, which helps reduce stress and promotes teamwork.

Despite the sharp drop suffered in recent times, the London Stock Exchange (LSE, for short) does not give up and committed to growth. So much so, in September, thousands of new workers hired. New recruits, however, are not financial, but worker bees. The London Stock Exchange thus becomes the latest company to set up hives in their facilities. Rolet Xavier, CEO of the LSE, is enthusiastic about the project. He himself cultivates bees in the family home in a medieval convent in the region of Provence in southern France. Now he hopes that when the London Stock Exchange receives two hives, which will house 100,000 insects, the project will take care of a fragile and declining population and thus to counteract growing concern in North America and Europe.

In early 2011, the International Bee Research (IBRA, for its acronym in English) believed that beekeepers in the U.S. lost an average of 42% of their colonies last winter. The losses in the three previous winters ranged between 29% and 36%. Generally, in beekeeping is considered a loss of about 15% as acceptable. Concern about the declining number of bees has led to an increase in part-time beekeepers, including a growing number of companies that are making their contribution for the maintenance of new hives.

One famous example is that of Vince Cable, Business Secretary of the British Government, who is enthusiastic about beekeeping and has spearheaded campaigns to raise funds for research on these insects. Now, with his new project The LSE hopes to encourage its employees to participate in the care of bees. The Exchange will provide bee suits for the staff. Moreover, some of the honey obtained is offered by way of corporate gifts.

Nomura, an investment bank from Japan, proves that the beekeeping business is not a mere folly, but a prática English may well be adapted to other cultures and corporate environments. Its British branch has two beehives on the roof of the building overlooking the River Thames. The initiative is part of a financial institution that develops with The Golden Company, a company with social purposes that offers training courses for young people. The company takes care to harvest the honey and then sell it to the bank employees. For the company, the project offers an opportunity to establish their environmental credentials, and “give something back to the city” Says Dominic Cashman, a company executive.

An added benefit is another example of Martin Farrington, director of IT The Future Laboratory, a market research consultant. The company funded a beekeeping course to develop it in the company. “For me it is an extra benefit, such as access to the gym. Now I can not wait to get to work”. David Geer, Managing Director Warren Evans, a retailer of household furniture, bought two hives that were placed in the workshop of the company, northeast of London. “I wanted to motivate employees with something different, that was fun and not just work” says the entrepreneur. “It’s relaxing and it absorbs what is happening around them. You have to move slowly and think carefully in order not to disturb the bees” he concludes.


Click here to read the full article by By Emma Jacobs on 
Cronista.com

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Baby Girls Bumble Bee Halloween Costume (3-6 Months)

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Just saw a commercial for this new mascara by Cover Girl that uses BEESWAX “instead of heavy synthetics”.  Haven’t tried it yet… but it looks pretty cool <3

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The Manchester bee

“The Manchester bee symbol was adopted during the Industrial Revolution, a revolution that Manchester was at the heart of. The bee denotes Mancunians hard work and graft during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century.

Bees are known as hard workers with a vital role to play in the ecosystem and the ability for humans and life forms to survive by pollinating crops. The allegorical link to bees relates that during this era, Manchester was a vital economic centre for Britain and many Mancunians were employed in a range of jobs in the city.

Although it is unverifiable, the idiom busy bee may have originated or at least been popularised as a result of Manchester’s adoption of the bee symbol.”

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White House Bees Create Record Honey Crop

“Michelle Obama was criticized when she announced in 2009 that she wanted the White House to be home to a vegetable garden and honey bees. Her idea was to add an area for bees on the South Lawn which would then provide pollination for the garden. Nearly three years later, her home gardening movement has taken off.

In fact, the White House garden produced almost a ton of food in one year. That’s a pretty big fete for a space that started with a $200 start up cost. The White House can now also boast that a record honey crop has been produced in its third year of production. A massive 225 and a half pounds of honey!

The number seemed to startle staff beekeeper, Charlie Brandts, who claims that most hobby hives produce 60 pounds of honey or 5 gallons annually.

He told U.S. News, “It’s just craziness. They did really well this year.” The honey bees have been considered over producers since they began creating honey at the White House. The first year the bees created 134 pounds of honey and in the second year the buzzing creatures created 183 pounds of syrupy goodness.

According to Bee Culture’s Kim Flottum, the Obama’s honey bees are in “honey bee heaven” because they are in the perfect location with lots of water, nectar from the garden and, “no pest pressure”.

The White House uses the honey the bees create to give gifts to friends, family, and other famous folks, as well as a replacement for sugar and in food and drink products like cookies, salad dressing, and beer.

It is possible that with the record number of honey produced at the White House on the South Lawn that others will catch on to bee keeping. After all, Michelle Obama’s plan to create a White House garden did lead others to create gardens of their own for their homes and help kids learn to create them at their schools all across the country.

What do you think? Ever given any thought to keeping bees?”

[click here to read the full article on ecorazzi.com]

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Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl addressing the crowd last Saturday at HoneyLove’s National Honey Bee Awareness Day Event!!

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Exploding Flowers: Sunflower

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Photos from our National Honey Bee Awareness Day event are up =)
Check out the photos from our “Yellow Carpet” on our facebook page or flickr group!!

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What are you doing tomorrow? OH THAT’S RIGHT!! YOU ARE COMING TO MAR VISTA TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL HONEY BEE AWARENESS DAY!!

Everyone is invited to come take a walk down HoneyLove’s sustainable yellow carpet dressed as a bee, or a beekeeper, or just wearing yellow and black and see a FREE FILM SCREENING of the new documentary Vanishing of the Bees.  The event is TOMORROW (Saturday, August 20th) and runs 2-5:30pm at the Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90066

For more information, contact HoneyLove at:
424.625.8 BEE (8233) or by email: info [at] honeylove [dot] org 

(photos by tressa eaton)

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Beekeeping: Eco-Friendly, Healthy, and Completely Illegal in L.A.

Click here to read the original article by Danny Jensen on Change.org ]

 

“Urban beekeeping is the hobby du jour in cities across America. And why shouldn’t it be? Through pollination, bees are responsible for producing about one-third of the country’s food supply. Raising bees in cities and towns, then, helps ensure food security, produce local honey and honey-based products, and help conserve honeybees, which are rapidly dying out due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Despite the multitude of benefits of urban beekeeping, the practice is totally illegal in many cities, including Los Angeles. Groups and citizens that raise their own bees — like L.A.’s Backwards Beekeepers — have to do so on the sly.

To help better understand why cities should legalize beekeeping, I caught up with Max Wong, a Los Angeles beekeeper and member of Backwards Beekeepers, an organic bee club. The group considers itself backwards because members practice sustainable beekeeping and do not treat their bees with chemicals or medications. As of last month, the Backwards Beekeepers boasted 400 members. Wong gave me the buzz on why beekeeping is so controversial and how the practice can revitalize communities throughout the country.

Why has legalizing beekeeping across Los Angeles faced obstacles while other cities like New York have had success?

L.A. is just more complicated than most cities because the laws are super confusing and made up of many municipalities that morphed over the years into the greater L.A. area. We want a blanket law that makes all areas of L.A. the same. There are many communities throughout the country where beekeeping was never made illegal, even as cities grew.

Why is urban beekeeping so important, and how will legalizing beekeeping benefit the city and its residents?

1. A sustainable, local job in the green sector
At a time when the economy is so shaky, I feel lucky that I’ve created a valuable service job for myself that cannot be outsourced beyond the community, doesn’t have to be subsidized by the government or a private financing source, generates next to no trash, doesn’t rely on the exploitation of animals or people, and has such a positive impact on the environment.

2. Better food security
One-third of the human diet is derived directly or indirectly from honeybee-pollinated plants. Many food plants — such as nuts and stone fruit — are exclusively pollinated by honeybees. It takes half the honeybee population in all of North America just to pollinate the spring almond crop in California!

Honeybees are also an important tool to fight hunger. Honeybees are such good pollinators that they improve crop yields by 30 to 60 percent. Thirty-seven million Americans are currently facing hunger. A 30 percent increase in crop yield in a home garden can mean the difference between a family feeding itself and a family relying on food assistance. And, because honeybees forage for nectar in a three-mile radius of their hive, they spread the love to the entire neighborhood. Even trees in the parks stay healthier because of bee activity.

3. Greater Biodiversity
Honeybees are dying off at an alarming rate — six percent a year globally. Contrary to most stories in the media, most of this die-off stems from unsustainable farming and animal husbandry practices. By keeping feral bees that have adapted to our local ecosystem and refusing to dose my bees with chemicals or medications, I’m helping maintain a healthy, disease-resistant gene pool that will help ensure the survival of an entire species.

What are some urban beekeeping myths that need to be dispelled?

Bees are way smarter than humans. They will not out-breed their food supply, so urbanites won’t have to worry about living next to a commercial bee yard with 1,000 hives inside city limits. There’s just not enough forage to support that many bees on one small patch of land. That said, most people will be surprised to learn that there are, on average, eight wild honeybee colonies per mile already living in Los Angeles without any human involvement! Legalizing beekeeping in Los Angeles would enable better bee management, control, and public safety as compared to only having wild hives, which is the current situation. More beekeepers actually means fewer swarms, fewer feral bee colonies taking up residence where they aren’t wanted, and fewer grumpy bees.”

IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY – PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION TO LEGALIZE BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!!
 

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