THE PLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE
Bees are responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat...and they're in big trouble. Since 2007, they've been dying off en masse around the world. Colonies have been mysteriously collapsing with adult bees disappearing, seemingly abandoning their hives. This phenomenon — known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD — is likely caused by a variety of interacting factors, including loss of habitat, declining immune systems and resultant exposure to pathogens and increased exposure to systemic pesticides.
While governments have begun to acknowledge the problem, they have been slow to react. But a groundswell of concerned citizens and beekeepers is building to protect bees now, before it's too late.
Join the movement! Bees cannot live on mono-crops or sugar water any more than we can be healthy eating only fast food. They need a natural and diverse diet which is found only in natural ecosystems. Owners of vacant land have an unprecedented opportunity to save our pollinators, and ourselves, by providing havens to honey bees with pesticide-free food, shelter and water. By doing so, they may be able to save on their real estate taxes, insurance and maintenance costs each year, while benefiting from having the presence of a professional beekeeper working on their property. It is truly a win-win for all involved: the landowners, the beekeepers, the environment and future generations.
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ABOUT THE AMERICAN BEE PROJECT
One out of every three bites of food we eat depends on the honey bee. Tragically, commercial bee colonies are collapsing throughout the United States and around the world at an alarming rate. Colony Collapse Disorder is linked to a type of pesticide introduced in 1999 that is widely used on agricultural products. It is imperative that beekeepers have access to land that has not been exposed to these substances to rebuild bee colonies.
The American Bee Project seeks to connect owners of vacant land with commercial beekeepers. We are working with state and local governments throughout America to establish commercial beekeeping as a legal agricultural use of land. By leasing their vacant land to a commercial beekeeper for legitimate commercial agricultural use, property owners may be able to save thousands of dollars on their property taxes while helping to save the bees. Commercial beekeepers use the land to make honey and rebuild the health of their hives. Together we can save the bees, and ourselves, one acre at a time.