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Just Like Us...

Around the world, beekeepers are just as passionate about caring for their bees as we are. I have a couple friends that have traveled overseas and made visiting foreign apiaries part of their travel itinerary. And the things they learned from Egyptian or German or Vietnamese beekeepers added a lot more knowledge about beekeeping in general, and the culture more specifically.


Beekeepers in other countries are just like us... trying to spread that word about the importance of protecting the bees. Here are a couple recent articles about bees and those who preserve and manage local bees.


 



Bees are known as the ‘world’s greatest pollinators’ and simply put, this is why we need to protect them. Here in the UAE, efforts are being made to protect the flying insects that are crucial to our environment.

The Hatta Honey Bee Discovery Centre not only produces local honey but it is also committed to help sustain the honey bee population in the UAE.

Muhammad Magdi, general manager at the facility, said: “It's about maintaining a balanced ecosystem and promoting biodiversity. Hatta Honeybee Discovery Centre serves as an educational hub, offering workshops, tours, and resources to promote sustainable beekeeping and honey production. We also collaborate with local farmers and organisations to boost the industry.”



 



The San people consider honey a sacred gift bestowed upon humankind by supernatural forces.

Honey embodies both the sweetness of life and a touch of the divine essence that connects them to the spiritual realm. The San regard the presence of bees and their activities as a form of guidance and insight into the mysteries of life.

In the eyes of the San, bees are seen as messengers, delicate intermediaries gracefully traversing the boundaries between the earthly and spiritual worlds. Their flight symbolizes a bridge between the tangible and the ethereal, carrying messages of harmony and balance. Bees, with their industrious nature and collective wisdom, are revered as embodiments of the wisdom of the natural world.



 

The team from the Lacrima Foundation, based in Edinburgh, has been working for the past five years to create the world’s first ever 3D-printed wood log hive.

Inspired by “nature itself and a holistic approach to beekeeping”, the hive is based on a traditional design used by Baskir beekeepers in Russia’s Ural mountains for more than three centuries.

The cavity log hives are made out of a specially designed wood-based composite, which is fully biodegradable and allows the insects to live in an undisturbed ecosystem in synergy with their seasonal rhythms.

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