We are so buzzed to launch an interactive tool today that shows what our meals might look like without the work of bees, warning Australians not to take our Littlest Livestock for granted.
We are also delighted to be a major partner in Woolworth’s Discovery Garden campaign, which is shining a spotlight on the importance of bees and pollination, and engaging Australians on caring for their natural environment.
Ryan d’Almeida, CEO of Hive + Wellness which owns Capilano Honey, said: “Capilano is very excited to partner with Woolworths in their Discovery Garden campaign, and hopes to share with Australian families the fascinating and vital role bees play in honey production and pollination.”
“Without bees our fresh food production would plummet, and our diet variety would be vastly diminished. Treats like blueberry pancakes or smashed avocado on toast would be off the menu, but many daily staples would also be severely affected.”
“We have created this tool to illustrate this reality to all Australians, as everyone can play a part in ensuring our country has a thriving honey bee population. It is a concerning fact that Australia’s honey bee population has been significantly impacted by the recent drought and bushfires, which have also caused widespread hive loss.”
Mr d’Almeida said Australians could support bees by planting bee-friendly plants, minimising use of pesticides, and creating a ‘bee bath’ on hot days by leaving out a shallow dish of pebbles with water. “Many Australians have also chosen to support beekeepers through Hive Aid, which was established by Rural Aid, Hive + Wellness and the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council just over a year ago. More than half a million dollars has been raised in that time, which is an impressive figure and a recognition of the value that people see in the work of beekeepers.”
As Australia’s largest honey packer and marketer, Capilano Honey works closely with more than 800 beekeeping families around the country to produce pure 100% Australian honey.
“Pollination services provide an important supplementary income to many of our beekeepers, and are a crucial part of creating Australia’s food bowl,” Mr d’Almeida said. “But these services are provided over a limited period, and honey production remains the key driver in maintaining the large and robust bee populations required for pollination each year.”
“It is easy to forget the importance of Australia’s “Littlest Livestock” to the nation’s food production, but an astonishing one third of Australian food is dependent on honey bee pollination. Every time consumers buy a pack of Australian honey they are supporting local beekeepers and in turn supporting Australia’s agricultural industry and food chain.”
The interactive tool and a variety of resources about bees and pollinations can be accessed at a dedicated website established by Capilano Honey: www.beegarden.com.au. The company also recently published an eBook, The Buzz About Bees, for use by Australian educators with their students. “Our eBook, along with audiovisual material on our website, will help teachers and parents to lift the lid on life inside and outside the hive,” Mr d’Almeida said.
“Learning about bees helps children understand how our fresh produce is created, the importance of a healthy environment, and the relationships between animals and plants and the foods we all enjoy. It’s never too early to start caring for bees.”