What’s the BUZZ
By Marcella Castellanos
Sarah Faulkner, a traveler from California was recently at a potluck for natural, whole food living. Intrigued when aside from being an author, I learned she’s a beekeeper, I had to learn more. Lately, the buzz is that there isn’t a lot of buzz going around these days due to an alarming rate of bees dying off known as “colony collapse disorder,” I thought it a perfect opportunity to get the facts straight about what’s going on with these tiny, often misunderstood critters.
Why did you get into beekeeping?
Sarah: I got into it due to learning about colony collapse disorder. Increasingly,
I became aware of the value of all bees and other smaller entities, though I’m not an animal lover per se. I see the value of all creatures as a part of life.
What’s going on with the bee population?
Sarah: Many populations are in extreme danger. Loss of habitat, unbridled use of pesticides and probably GMOs (genetically modified organisms) which are plants that can only be created in a lab and are being produced with no restraints. These altered productions are causing bees to respond in ways not expected. GMOs are being pushed by enterprises that care more about profits and not about people’s well-being.
Long-tem studies have shown that GMOs cause rampant tumors in animals.. A huge percentage of the wheat, soy and sugar produced in North America is genetically modified.
What is colony collapse disorder?
Sarah: The bees go out to forage and never come home. Nobody knows for sure why there is speculation of GMOs, pesticides, etc. One-third of the food supply is dependent on food pollinations – almonds, veggies and fruit. Even GMOs need pollination. The things we’re used to having on our plate would not be there.
What’s going on in Mexico?
Sarah: It’s nebulous. If bees are eradicated from the planet, then humans have 5 years or less. Global warming is a huge concern, but if bees aren’t here it’s probably a moot point. Recently, according to Christina Sarich of NationofChange.org, a Mexican judge who would not be bought off, ruled that honey production and GM soybeans could not co-exist.
This judge honored the concerns of small bee-keepers and will stall the growing season for Monsanto -the biotech giant’s GM soybeans in Yucatán denying them a permit.
What are some solutions?
Sarah: Invite bees to live on your property. Grow bee friendly flowers at least 10 different kinds if possible, but any will help. And if possible have a beehive.
Is raw honey better than processed honey?
Sarah: Oh god ya. It has tons of micronutrients and enzymes. If you heat the honey hotter than 95 degrees you will start to kill the enzymes. It’s antibacterial, highly healing. It’s being used now in many burn wards in hospitals because healing from severe burns is vastly accelerated with the use of honey.”
How do you know if it’s raw?
Sarah: 1) Ask has the honey been heated? 2) Is it filtered? 3) Is it raw? If you see honey with honeycomb, it’s safe to say that it’s raw. Honey that’s unprocessed and is straight from the hive is raw.
(* I often buy honey from a street vendor that brings it to sell directly from his beehive)
What’s the most important thing a person should know about bees?
Sarah: They are vital to the continued existence of humanity. They’re not interested in us at all. People who are afraid of bees don’t realize they’re not interested in you.
Marcella Castellanos is a bilingual, certified Health & Wellness Coach, working with individuals to increase their vitality by adopting healthier habits. She offers detoxing , weight loss programs and workshops as well as one-on-one coaching to help you thrive! Get seven days of smoothies FREE at www.wellnesslatina.com