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April 12, 2015

Honey on Tap & DIY Beekeeping: Too Good to Be True?

BeeInventionOkay, this just blew me away. I’m a honey lover but I’ve also always wondered about the whole honey extraction process where beekeepers break open the hives, stress the bees and get stung.

After ten years of trial and error, a father and son team from Australia have come up with a winning design. It’s not just for beekeepers—this bee-friendly flow hive can sit in your back yard or patio. Yes, DIY beekeeping without the sting. How cool is that?

Clearly the public agrees.

An Indiegogo fundraising campaign has raised a whopping nine million dollars so far (a record in the site’s history) to help roll this product out for mass production and sale.

Despite this looking like all good news, some traditional beekeepers are worried. They say that opening up the hive to inspect the health of the colony is an essential practice because a diseased hive can affect other hives in the region. In other words, there is more to bee-keeping than extracting honey—it’s also about care-taking the bees. One bee-keeper sees it as a fad for amateurs only and itemizes just how this automation can harm bees and lead to imperfect honey. He makes a good point that money should be raised go toward research into how to save the bees that are under environmental duress these days, not just how to get more honey with less effort.

Nonetheless, the invention seems destined to become the latest trend in amateur beekeeping circles.

This video is quite compelling if you love your honey…especially for the health benefits of taking it every morning with warm water and lemon. 

 

Bonus Video: Waylon interviews the King of the Bees.

 

 

 

 Relephant: 

5 Somethings Wrong with your Honey.

 

Author: Lori Ann Lothian

Editor: Renée Picard

Image: Video Screenshot

 

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oooir Apr 9, 2016 8:15am

bees for pollination but the average small scale farmer focuses on honey which is a high value product.

Lisa Apr 13, 2015 8:25am

My husband and I are beekeepers, and beekeepers tend to be an opinionated lot. Don't let the critics dissuade anyone from trying this.
I am optimistic about any venture that might increase the odds of survival for the honeybees; if it doesn't work out, then we will know one more thing that isn't helpful for saving the bees. I look at this new concept as something for beginners possibly; you do need to check on your bees, but in the beginning I think we checked on ours far too often and stressed them needlessly.
My own opinionated opinion is that if bees survive, it will be on account of all the hands-on efforts of the small, backyard beekeepers.

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Lori Lothian

Lori Ann Lothian is a spiritual revolutionary, divine magic maker and all-purpose scribe. Her articles on love, relationships, enlightenment and sex have appeared at Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Yoganonymous, Origin magazine, Better After 50, XO Jane and on her hit personal blog The Awakened Dreamer. She is also the creator of The 40 Day Magic Challenge. a daily practice to create a masterpiece life of ease, flow, joy and prosperity. Lori Ann lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter, where she has learned to transcend the rain and surrender to mega doses of vitamin D. Tweet her at Twitter