We are proud to announce our new initiative, Five For The Hive! Starting this year, 5% of our sales goes towards honey bee health research and bee farming through the Pollinator Partnership.
Why Honey Bee's?
Without honey bee's, we would be in big trouble with getting fueled up for our adventures, training sessions, and life. Bees pollinate one-third of the food we eat. Some of the (super)foods they play a big role in are: Almonds, apples, blueberries, cucumbers, cherries, watermelons, etc.
Not only are they important to us, but they play a vital role for the planet. They pollinate food for many other living things. Pollination is essentially plant reproduction so they also help maintain natural plant communities for numerous types of ecosystems.
Simply put, without bees, many food sources would disappear for countless living things (including ourselves), and ecosystems would not be able to maintain a healthy plant population.
Last but not least, they also help by creating 1/2 of the world’s oils, fibers (such as the cotton used to make clothes), and other raw materials, preventing soil erosion, creating medicines, keeping waterways clean, producing oxygen and absorbing CO2.
We Need Them And They Need Our Help
Honey bees are experiencing immense die-offs. Between 2015 and 2016, an estimated 44% of beekeeper colonies died. 2017 is the first time that the bee was added to the endangered species list in the continental US. Compared to 1947, the US honey bee population has declined by a devistating 60%.
These die-offs occur across commercial and small-scale beekeepers, and are caused by a variety of factors, including colony collapse disorder, varroa mites, habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use.
The Pollinator Partnership has a strong mission to help protect the honeybees.
- To ensure honey bees – especially in and around production agriculture – have access to a varied and nutritious diet throughout their lives.
- To put the best available tools, techniques, and technologies in the hands of beekeepers so they can best manage their hives.
- To control crop pests and safeguard pollinator health.
- To work together to improve honey bee health.
You can learn more by visiting their website.