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The bee plays an essential role in the pollination of plant species, both cultivated and wild.
Living mainly from foraging, bees depend for food sources on the practices employed in agriculture, horticulture, fruit tree growing, forestry, etc.
With many of its rural environments today under threat, the fragility of bee populations helps us focus on the ecological disaster that its disappearance would spell. Beyond the ecological threat, an entire economic sector made up of small, dynamic enterprises, which are profitable and adaptable to changing ecological and economic conditions, is in danger.
According to the logic of “the polluter pays”, the bee’s contribution to the preservation of biodiversity and the pollination of crops deserves a collective effort to safeguard it and to ensure its harmonious development. That is the aim of Bee my Friend.
We need to encourage companies to fund the research effort that apiculture needs. Raising funds to support research into bees is a key element of the vocation of Bee my Friend.
The bee, an iconic environmental cause
The bee is often cited by economists as an example of positive externality, since the pollination of surrounding crops is a side-effect of the bee-keeper’s main goal of honey collection. The presence of bees improves production in the orchard, just as the existence of the orchard provides the bee with pollen (proteins) and the nectar to make honey (energy).
Thus, with regard ecological footprint criteria, the bee is exemplary.
From an ecological ethics point of view, an individual’s economic development only has any real sense if, through its work, it produces more wealth than it takes or consumes from its environment.
From this point of view, bees take pollen and nectar, two plant by-products. The ecological footprint is therefore minimal.
From these substances, bees produce honey, wax, propolis and royal jelly and store pollen in far greater quantities than they need. In this way, bees create exploitable wealth through their own industry.
So bees provide a ‘public service’ of pollination, an essential service for the fertility of both wild and cultivated plants.
With bees, we don’t have to feel in competition over the use of natural resources; on the contrary, we are in a relationship of synergy and complementarity.