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Organic Beekeeping

1302261672_87e91630a6Lots of people ask us, “How can honey be organic?” Well, first and foremost, the bees that create the honey are never exposed to any pesticides, insecticides or herbicides. In order for a hive to be certified organic there are three main rules to which the beekeeper must adhere.

 

Organic beekeeping must*:

1) Take place in an unpolluted area

2) Use natural materials, methods and feed

3) Avoid the use of conventional veterinary medicine and pesticides.

 

When you create skin care using bee ingredients you are bound to come across the question, “Isn’t that bad for the bees?” The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of problems with conventional beekeeping and large beekeeping outfits looking to maximize production. They will take measures such as artificial feeding, pesticide treatments or any number of measures that may stress the bees or harm them. Organic beekeeping, however, is an entirely different story. Organic beekeepers are held to a strict set of standards to ensure the health of the hive and to respect the bees.

 

HIVE LOCATION

The hive itself must be surrounded by at least 3 miles of natural vegetation and/or organic or low input farmland. This is due to the fact that bees can travel up to 3 miles to feed. It is also important for the surrounding area to have sufficient sources of pollen, nectar and clean water for the bees.

 

STRICT HIVE STANDARDS AND MATERIALS

The hives themselves must also adhere to strict standards. Hives must be built from natural materials such as unpainted timber. Any tools or containers used in managing the colony including the harvest must be appropriate for foodstuffs and not be a source of pollutants.

 

COMPASSIONATE AND SUSTAINABLE HARVEST

When the beekeepers do finally harvest products from the hive, the colonies must be left more than enough honey to feed even during cold or dry seasons.  Many conventional beekeepers supplement the diet with sugar water, which is not healthy for bees. Organic beekeepers leave as much as the bees would need to be happy and healthy. This goes for other bee products as well. Many conventional beekeepers would strip the hive of beeswax for the greatest yield but organic beekeepers keep the original comb intact so the bees are not stressed.

 

RECORDKEEPING AND MANAGEMENT

There are also a number of records to be kept in order to have certified organic hives. The beekeeper needs to have an organic management plan complete with a detailed map of the apiary site and its surroundings. This must also list all surrounding vegetation and possible sources of pollution. Each colony must have its own diary that details how it is handled and how it is thriving. Each of the products must be traceable to a certain hive to ensure that no more product is taken from the hive than is healthy for the bees. Who would go to such lengths if they didn’t care about their bees?

 

The organic beekeepers we deal with care greatly for their bees. This is why BeeCeuticals Organics is dedicated to supporting Organic Beekeeping and to ensuring that all of the bees that help us create such wonderful products are treated with the respect they deserve. Our “Cell of Approval   ” is on each of our products so you know that the honey inside is organic, raw, ethically harvested,medicinal and active

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