Save The Bee
One percent of retail and select bulk sales from our Honey, HoneyStix and Beekeeping go directly towards bee research.
Why Do We Need To Save The Bee?
Each year more than $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by bees in the United States. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 essential food crops, as well as produce millions of dollars of honey. One out of every three bites of food Americans consume comes from a plant visited by bees or other pollinators.
Recently, honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions. These deaths are caused by colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon linked to the drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America. Although there are many theories as to the cause of CCD, there is still no specific cause identified by researchers.
CCD has wiped out some 10 million bee hives over the past six years. The death rate for colonies has hit 30% annually in recent years, with nearly one-third the number of honey bee colonies in the U.S. as there were in 1947.
GloryBee and “Save the Bee”
For nearly 40 years, GloryBee® has actively supported many community organizations. In 2012, we launched our Save The Bee (campaign/program) to directly impact organizations dedicated to saving the bee and bee health issues. GloryBee® Honey, Beekeeping and HoneyStix brands donate 1% of annual retail and select bulk sales revenue to “Save the Bee” initiatives.
Now more than ever, it is time to be diligent in conserving pollinator populations such as our favorite, the honey bee. Founder and CEO Richard Turanski began GloryBee® Honey as a beekeeper due to his profound love of bees. The concern of declining bee populations has GloryBee® moving forward in efforts to support “Saving the Bee.”
Colony Collapse Disorder, insect diseases, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other issues that affect bee health add to the decline of bee populations.
As part of our mission to support ongoing education about this important issue, GloryBee supports the Oregon State Honey Bee Lab research on bee nutrition and health, and works closely with the Lane County Beekeepers Association to facilitate education about the care of bees.
OSU Honey Bee Lab
nbsp;The honey bee research and extension program at Oregon State University is primarily focused on honey bee health, nutrition, and pollination with a goal of serving commercial beekeepers, backyard beekeepers, producers and all citizens that are interested in bees. Dr. Ramesh Sagili, Assistant Professor Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, currently heads the program with the help of an excellent and dedicated team of research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students.
Ongoing research and extension projects:
• Comprehensive analysis of honey bee health in Oregon by state wide sampling and monitoring of honey bee colonies annually for honey bee pests and diseases.
• Investigating colony level and optimal nutrition prevalence and intensity of parasites in honey bees.
• Evaluating effects of nutrition (pollen diversity) on honey bee health, physiology and the ability to develop an immune response following exposure to an antigen.
• Enhancing pollination efficiency of honey bee colonies in hard to pollinate crops using brood pheromone technology.
• Oregon Master Beekeeper Program: Goal of this extension program is to improve honey bee colony health throughout Oregon through education and service.
Help “Save the Bee”
• Save a swarm
• Support bee research
• Cultivate bee-friendly plants
• Limit pesticide and herbicide use
• Allow weeds to grow – Bees love them
• Educate yourself about bee decline
• Buy GloryBee Honey
• Write to your legislators
• Respect bee habitats
• Plant late blooming plants
• Eat organic fruits and vegetables
• Spread the word
Here are some informative websites and articles related to this important cause: