The Bee Nature laboratory has always made it a point of honour to choose its raw materials. It is therefore quite naturally that the use of organic and fair trade honey has become the norm. Honey is the main ingredient in the products of the Bee Nature family range and the Babee Nature baby range.
The use of honey from organic beekeeping is essential for Bee Nature.
Organic beekeeping, what is it?
This beekeeping practice is respectful of bees and their way of life. To ensure healthy production, numerous controls are carried out and the specifications are very precise. Organic beekeeping notably encourages the use of natural remedies against diseases that can affect the colony, synthetic molecules are strictly forbidden.
The requirements of this beekeeping concern 4 main points:
- The hive
- The bees
- The harvest
- The beekeeper
The hive is the only element brought by the beekeeper to make honey. The hive must be mainly made of natural materials, most often wood.
The location of the hive is also very important. In order to preserve the honey quality, the foraging areas are very delimited. The apiary must be placed within a radius of 3km around nectariferous plants from organic farming or growing spontaneously. It must also be at least 12 km away from polluted areas or areas containing GMOs.
The bee is essential in the making of honey, it is important to take care of it.
Honey is the only source of consumption that the bee uses during its hibernation. Beekeepers always leave enough honey for their bees to survive during winter.
The beekeeping development makes it possible to limit as much as possible the decline of bees, which are essential to biodiversity and the survival of ecosystems due to their role as pollinators. Moreover, honey bees and solitary bees (the majority of species present) know how to live in perfect harmony. In a rich and balanced environment, they are even complementary.
Harvesting is essential for the honey quality.
It takes place mainly in spring, the beekeeper harvests the surplus honey from the winter. He only harvests what is too much.
During the harvest, the beekeeper pays attention to take only the upper part of the hive, containing only honey. The hive body, containing in addition to honey, the larvae and the queen is left to sustain the colony.
The use of chemical repellents, which are dangerous for the bees, is totally forbidden during the harvesting process. The beekeeper preferably uses cold smoke sparingly to calm the bees. More modern means are also used, such as mechanical repellents that allow the bees to remain in the hive during the harvest.
Man intervenes at the very least in the life of the hive.
The beekeeper advocating organic beekeeping follows a certain philosophy:
- To respect the biology and the natural behaviour of the insect
- Feeling responsible for the bees
- Respect the ethics of fair exchange: honey belongs to the bees and not to the beekeeper who only provides the hive.
- Preserve its environment by protecting biodiversity, forests, honey-bearing and nectariferous plants. This biodiversity is the main source of pollen and nectar reserves for bees.
Organic beekeeping is not a simple and obnoxious animal exploitation. It is an association between humans and bees. It is extremely rare to find a beekeeper who does not love his bees, who does not invest himself to save them or who does not respect them.
The bees offer us their most precious treasure and in exchange, humans offer them shelter, care and protection in order to fight against their disappearance. Both sides of this association find advantages in this. Such an association is, in biology, called mutualism. This expression is much more appropriate than the word exploitation.
The hive and the bees bring us many miraculous products, it is important to respect them and take care of them. Bee Nature knows this and does everything possible to preserve them.