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Some Good News About the Bee Crisis

Some Good News About the Bee Crisis

According to a recent UN report, more than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food rely on bees for pollination. Managed honey bees remain the most economically important pollinator, contributing over $19 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

Bees are responsible for one in every three bites of food: from almonds to berries and the alfalfa that feeds dairy cows, our diets and agricultural economy hinge on a healthy bee population.

On the verge of collapse, habitat loss and pesticide exposure are the two biggest contributors to the population loss. 

Oregon State University Honey Bee Research Lab is making inroads to understanding and correcting the decline of the bee population.

bambu supports Honey Bee Research Labbambu supports the Honey Bee Lab and extension program. This year, the company offers scholarships to the Master Beekeeper Program. Students are selected in part by the submission of art depicting the importance of honey bees and pollinators. 

 

We are pleased to share a selection of the personal art created and contributed by the apprentices of the Master Beekeeper Program.

No Bee No Me

Vicky Nelson, native Oregonian and retired teacher

Master Beekeeper program art submissions

Geri Young, writer and illustrator of children's books

 

Honey Bee protection
Ron Lane photographs a honey bee on a raspberry flower, a favorite resting place 

 

Learn more about our collaboration with the Honey Bee Research Lab and our bee-themed products. [bambu and the Honey Bee Lab

 

YOU CAN HELP TOO

If you want to help protect pollinators, you can do your part too. Tell our government to support program ideas to end pesticide contamination of our agricultural crops.

The Pesticide Action Network works to inform and protect our pollinators. You can too. Join bambu and Urge Congress to Protect Our Pollinators. > ACT NOW

Let's bee a part of the change. 

 

The Demise of the Honey Bee explained [Video]

This week, we share a fascinating, informative and illustrative video about the cause of Honey Bee colony collapse. It is an intelligent, and descriptive narrative that goes far in explaining the causes and impact of the dwindling population of our Honey Bees.

You can learn about the three root causes below. 

 

The folks at http://kurzgesagt.org are the creators of this and other videos that explain things like evolution, time, and space on our planet. They are comprised of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because "it is beautiful."

We have to take better care of our surroundings and the other creatures which inhabit this planet with us. We are dependent on each other. 

We chose to support the Honey Bee Research Lab at Oregon State University. The research group is comprised of a dedicated (and smart) people working to understand more deeply, and reverse the decline of Honey Bees. 

Proceeds from the sales of our 'bee-themed' products go to support the research group. Additionally, we are helping to support the Master Beekeeper's Program (story here).

Supporting healthy eco-systems is in lockstep with who we are as a company, and what's important to all of us. It's starts with awareness. Awareness leads to action.

Thanks for the support!

 

3 Tips To Get Kiddies to Enjoy Gardening

Gardening with children can be fun and fulfilling. Spending time learning together and seeing the fruits of your labor, and getting a little dirt in your hands is all part of the enjoyment.

There are a few simple things that we can do to engage children in the gardening process.

  •     Plant things that are interesting and tasty
  •     Incorporate play into our gardens
  •     We can attract critters that kids love to watch

Here is a short list of veggies that are particularly interesting for garden adventuring kids. 

Sunflowers they can grow their own super blooms. Potatoes so much fun to dig...like a treasure hunt! Carrots and Radishes are quick growing, colorful and fun to harvest. Strawberries are easy to grow, spot and pick when ripe and ready. Sugar Snap Peas a fast growing sweet snack right from the vine.

To incorporate play in the garden is easy!

Plant your sunflowers in a circle or a square and let the kids play inside the 'sunflower house' that will grow. Make a teepee of bamboo or poles and let beans grow up it for an edible fort. Or use colored Hemp Twine to create sections in your garden. 

Use our Bamboo Garden Markers and write the names of the seedlings directly on the bamboo marker. Use a standard pencil. And if you make a mistake, you can easily sand it off, and try again. Grow edible flowers. Make a scarecrow. Use colored hemp twine to section

Kids love critters! Attract butterflies, and humming birds and other lovelies by planting a variety of flowers that they love. Teach kids to love bees

Mason bees are great for your garden. You can create a home for mason bees using Bamboo Straws from bambu. Rig up a home, and watch them build their own in the straws.

Have fun, dig in, and watch your kids take on their new adventure in the great outdoors. Have other ideas that you love? Share your comments here, or post on our bambu Facebook page

 

 

 

National Honey Month - September

September is National Honey Month, so it is good time to celebrate honey. Who doesn't like honey? There is a pureness and naturalness to sweet, unrefined honey. There are over 300 varieties of honey in the US alone.

We love honey. And we love the workers that make it all possible. The honey bee. 

bambu is bee friendly

Here is some fun stuff to know about honey and bees:

  • 1 lb. of honey requires a honeybee to tap 2 million flowers. (No wonder they’re called worker bees.)
  • 60,000 bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles to make that 1 lb. of honey!
  • Some of the earliest references to honey can be found in paintings on cave walls in Spain and Greece.
  • Without honeybees, there'd be no almonds because Almonds depend 100% on honeybee pollination.
  • Apples, avocados, blueberries, cherries, cranberries and sunflowers are 90% dependent on honey bees.

'From comb to home' bees are vital to not only the production of honey, but also hundreds of fruits and vegetables. Bees are an important part of a healthy eco-system. That is why bambu supports the Honey Bee health in two ways.

bambu supports honeybee research

 

1. Contributing funds to research at OSU Honey Bee Lab. We support the research team at Oregon State University to help overcome the challenges that face honey bees. 

2. Designing our bee-themed products to promote bees. (see our collection here).

 

bambu's honeycomb cutting board 

(above is our Honeycomb cutting board and organic bamboo honey dipper. Go here to see our full collection)

 

We have also created the following mini posters to highlight the wonderful world of bees and our need to protect these busy vital workers.

         Help Save the Bee's bambu poster           Second Help Save the Bees poster by bambu

 

Want to learn more about honey? Check this out

 

September marks the end of honey collection for many beekeepers, so we join with the honey makers, the beekeepers, the supporters, the lovers of honey to celebrate nature's sweetness and the creators.

 

Organic Bamboo Honey Dipper at bambu