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Keep Bees, Naturally!

Keep Bees, Naturally!
If you’d like to benefit your garden and community and offer a treat to your taste buds, consider trying your hand at natural beekeeping in your own backyard. As honeybees gather pollen and nectar to make 50 pounds or more of pure, wild honey per hive, they pollinate crops nearby — and up to four miles away. This pollination is essential for good yields for some flowering crops. Best of all, honeybees require only simple management once the hives are up and running. Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, says that keeping bees takes “more effort than for your cat, but less than your dog.” But can you achieve natural beekeeping? To save their bees from these and other pests, many beekeepers turned to chemical controls, which worked for a while. In addition, products that utilize the mite-minimizing properties of essential oils (such as thymol-based Api-Life VAR and spearmint and lemongrass Honey-B-Healthy) can effectively suppress mites in small apiaries. Getting Started Gearing Up Related:  khalidhasnBees, butterflies

Monsanto Invests in Pollinator Research, Ignores Effects of Pesticides Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--October 28, 2011. St. Louis-based chemical and seed giant Monsanto Co. has purchased a company called Beeologics, which has developed a product intended to counteract viral agents that plague honey bee colonies in an attempt to stem the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). However, advocates wonder whether the antiviral agent will result in any significant decline of CCD when bees around the country and across the world continue to be exposed to highly toxic pesticides that are known to have serious effects on a range of pollinators, including honey bees. Beeologics was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in both Florida and Israel. Efforts to counteract CCD are commendable, as a range of factors, including viruses as well as colony invaders such as the Varroa mite, are thought to contribute to CCD. Some European and U.S. scientists postulate that losses of biodiversity and food resources, due to climate change, have intensified the problem.

How to Plant a Honey Bee Friendly Garden | The Adventures of Thrive Farm In the winter of 2006 the honey bee population began to die out. Since then, as much as 70% of some bee populations have died as a result of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Seventy farm grown crops, about one-third of our natural food supply, rely on honey bees for pollination. Imagine peanut better without jelly. If the honey bees disappear, so will the grapes and the strawberries, along with many of the other foods that have become not only favorites, but staples of the modern diet. You can help restore the honey bee population with a bee friendly garden. Instruction Honey Bee Friendly Plants Attract and nourish honey bees with nectar producing plants. Long Blooming Flowers Plant long blooming plants, or a variety of plants that will bloom at different times throughout the spring and fall. Honey Bees Need Water Provide a pond, a fountain, or some other fresh water source. Native bees will make their homes in sand Provide a space in your garden for native bees to make their home. Like this:

Ten Commandments of Butterfly Gardening Grow Your Own Bee Garden: 7 Tips for a Bee-Friendly Habitat Planting a bee garden is becoming increasingly important as across our planet, bees are thought to be suffering increased stress as a result of global warming, and the effect that this has on flowering times and nectar availability. It will take many generations of bees to evolve into stronger colonies able to deal with the change in climate. We depend on the work of bees and other insects more than most of us realise; almost 70% of the food we consume relies on pollination from insects, and bees are a critical part of this army of fertilizers. Meanwhile there is plenty we can do to help. Whether we live in an urban area or deep in the countryside, we can actively encourage bees to thrive in the vicinity of our homes by creating a bee garden, however small that might be! 7 eazzzy tips for your bee gardenCreate a bee garden and plant bee -friendly flowers and shrubs. What plants do you plan to include in your bee garden? Suggested reading from the garden section of Natural Mothers Store

Vanishing of the Bees | Documentary Film By Dr. Mercola Honey bees are the angels of agriculture, but they're disappearing at a startling rate in a mysterious phenomenon dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Since 2007, North American honey bees are literally disappearing without a trace. There are no massive dead bee bodies appearing in or around the hives—the bees are simply GONE, bewildering beekeepers and scientists alike.In fact, serious honey bee die-offs have been occurring around the world for the past decade. The U.S. and the U.K. both reported losing a third of their honey bees in 2010. "CCD is one of the signs--the unmistakable signs—that our food system is unsustainable… It's destroying the conditions upon which it depends. The documentary film "Vanishing of the Bees" takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honey bee. Busy as a Bee Honey bees represent one of the matriarchies of the insect kingdom. Why are We Losing Our Bees?

TDG ~ Telling the Bees When David’s sister sent me this story yesterday, I immediately felt called to share it here. I was running out the door to give a presentation, though, so I made a mental note to post for later. While waiting on the porch for my ride, two notifications came through from a blog called “The Bees Knees,” linking to two pages on my own blog. Not only did “The Bees Knees” seem like a message, but the post itself was unusual even for that blogger: “I normally read Tyberonn’s posts on Spirit Library, but this is a link to Laura Bruno’s Blog (27 October article) that has this wonderful affirmation.” OK, bees, you’ve got my attention, and I am now keeping my word by sharing the article and link back to the original. Telling the Bees posted by Shadows Bees figure largely in folklore although these days people are mostly uninterested in the old stories of how bees are an important part of our society. But what happened next convinced me like nothing else ever could.

Bee propolis contains all the vitamins and… ‫Photos du journal - الصفحة الرسمية لفضيلة الشيخ حاتم فريد الواعر Colony Collapse Disorder Is a Fraud: Pesticides Cause Bee Die-Offs Heidi Stevenson, Green Med InfoWaking Times Years ago, Gaia Health informed that bee dieoffs are a direct result of pesticide nerve agents called neonicotinoids. The term, Colony Collapse Disorder, is fraudulent, designed to direct attention from the known cause. The massive bee die-off is not a great mystery. Although the bee die-offs that have occurred recently are more severe, there have been many in the past from the same and similar products. Clothianidin and imidacloprid are both members of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. We have been pointing out the risks of neonicotinoids for almost 10 years now. Not a Surprise That neonicotinoids are potent neurotoxins, especially in insects, is unsurprising. There are many problems with this. Even then, it’s impossible to believe that a fair amount of these pesticides won’t become airborne. Pharmaceutical Connection Here’s a list of corporations — not expected to be complete — that profit in both pharmaceuticals and pesticides:

Bee Pollen helps avoid allergies, increase… بكرة احلى Are Mushrooms the Solution to the Worldwide Bee Colony Collapse? Jefferey Jaxen, ContributorWaking Times As humanity becomes more conscious to the language of nature, it is clear that mushrooms in their many forms come in peace and are here to help. The uses, benefits, and applications of mushrooms currently seem to be limitless cutting across all industries, cultures, and modalities. Embraced by the medical community, gardeners, architects, spiritualist, religions and others, their boundaries are yet to be found. The intricate matrix of mushroom mycelium under our feet represents rebirth, rejuvenation, and regeneration. It waits patiently to reveal secrets for those with the courage to sidestep mainstream assumptions in search of something better. Presenting at the recent Bioneers Annual Conference, Paul Stamets gave bombshell evidence that there is hope for bees, colony collapse, and our entire ecosystem. It has also been confirmed in previous tests that fungicidal contamination reduces beneficial fungi in honey bee colonies. Additional Sources:

Design Probes - Urban beehive The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside. The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on. This is a sustainable, environmentally friendly product concept that has direct educational effects.

القرآن الكريم للجوال ( 16 ) ولقد خلقنا الإنسان، ونعلم ما تُحَدِّث به نفسه، ونحن أقرب إليه من حبل الوريد (وهو عِرْق في العنق متصل بالقلب). ( 17 ) حين يكتب المَلَكان المترصدان عن يمينه وعن شماله أعماله. فالذي عن اليمين يكتب الحسنات، والذي عن الشمال يكتب السيئات. ( 18 ) ما يلفظ من قول فيتكلم به إلا لديه مَلَك يرقب قوله، ويكتبه، وهو مَلَك حاضر مُعَدٌّ لذلك. ( 19 ) وجاءت شدة الموت وغَمْرته بالحق الذي لا مردَّ له ولا مناص، ذلك ما كنت منه - أيها الإنسان - تهرب وتروغ. ( 20 ) ونُفخ في "القرن" نفخة البعث الثانية، ذلك النفخ في يوم وقوع الوعيد الذي توعَّد الله به الكفار. ( 21 ) وجاءت كل نفس معها مَلَكان، أحدهما يسوقها إلى المحشر، والآخر يشهد عليها بما عملت في الدنيا من خير وشر. ( 22 ) لقد كنت في غفلة من هذا الذي عاينت اليوم أيها الإنسان، فكشفنا عنك غطاءك الذي غطَّى قلبك، فزالت الغفلة عنك، فبصرك اليوم فيما تشهد قوي شديد. ( 23 ) وقال المَلَك الكاتب الشهيد عليه: هذا ما عندي من ديوان عمله، وهو لديَّ مُعَدٌّ محفوظ حاضر. ( 27 ) قال شيطانه الذي كان معه في الدنيا: ربنا ما أضللته، ولكن كان في طريق بعيد عن سبيل الهدى.