Bees are amazing. They have managed to fit into pretty much the whole world (except Antarctica and the Arctic Circle) in a way that doesn't kill other animals or plants to live...
These little creatures fill us with awe. They make their own homes using materials that they make from flowers. Bees build or add to their own living spaces, they build their own food storage compartments and nursery spaces for laying eggs and raising baby bees with wax that they make. Bees are bi-vores as they eat only two things. The first is nectar which they convert to honey and beeswax. The second is pollen. Nectar gives them carbs and pollen gives them proteins and minerals.
Bees show us what real sustainability is. No pollution or waste. No damage or hurt. No degradation. Just gentle, harmonious clean living alongside the forest and contribution of pollination. Not just recycling but up- cycling.
Honey bees and humans are very very close, but so are honey bees and plants. Honey bees help plants survive over generations.
I wonder if there was ever a way that people could help the earth survive and prosper like honey bees? Is there a way that we could ever make our dwellings from plants in a way that helped them grow and did not harm them? Is there a way that we could get nutrients from the earth in a way that helped the earth instead of pilaging and destroying? Is there a way in the West that we could raise our babies in a way that did not cost the earth and use up huge resources and create waste and pollution? Especially as there are 7 billion of us and growing. It’s interesting that honey bees, when they are not dying out, have, like humans managed to really thrive in all climates and conditions. Okay, enough rambling...I cannot make this article 1,890 words like I’ve been advised to for Google SEO!
Romy Surtees works with Glenn Pattinson at Elixir Honey, the rural Western Australian good honey business that helps to keep busy people healthy & energised.