Posts in Apiculture
Holding Space for the Relationships Bees Choose

I have found myself wondering what the next stage in hive evolution will be.

More than that, I have realized that the predominant theme of commercial honeybee hive design throughout history has so far been the theft of honey, only recently rivaled by concern for bee welfare. But can this dynamic be completely revolutionized—where bee welfare is the primary design concern, and the collection of bee-related products—on their terms—is only secondary? Is it possible to design a hive in which bees are given the option to provide products like honey or pollen for species other than themselves?

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Apiculture, Deep EcologyPat Mosley
A Million Bodies Drowning in the Flood Myth of Apis Mellifera

We can build and place all the wild bee hotels we can make (and we should). We can refuse to buy honey on industrial or local scales, whatever preference we have (and we should). But until we change the underlying system of food production, we are not addressing the root causes of colony collapse or loss of pollinator diversity. Industrial pollination–that is, the waiting game for when colony collapse or some other horror will strike a hive, and the destruction of wild bees with it–is demanded for every fruit and vegetable we buy from this scale.

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Apiculture, Deep EcologyPat Mosley
Pollinator Week 2018

Doing our part as consumers, farmers, home gardeners, and community advocates, we can build up local food systems to replace unsustainable agribusinesses. With these food systems must come localized pollinator networks, and action that recognizes the interconnectedness of soil health, crop management, farmed bees, and wild bees along with other neighborhood pollinators.

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ApiculturePat Mosley
Wild Bees Need Our Help

Since the early 2000s, the world has been abuzz with concern about honeybees and the hive-devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, between 2006 and 2007, some beekeepers reported unexplained losses of between 30-90% of their hives. We now hypothesize that CCD is a result of the labor and environmental conditions honeybees are made to work in to pollinate our modern agricultural system.

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