Thursday, July 27, 2006

And the First Aid Kit contained..honey!

Hospitals in Germany use medihoney as a superior treatment of wounds with some quite astonishing results! Read on..
Honey Helps Problem Wounds (Science Daily)
Honey Bee Photo

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The golden nectar - a source of relaxation and good health

This nice article tells the story of Marcel Renn who like most other beekeepers loves his hobby and has found it to be a good investment in his own health as well.

One sweet deal Harvesting honey brings beekeeper good health, relaxation (Salisbury Post)

The sign alongside the cash drop reads, "Honey money." And Marcel Renn said anyone who buys a jar of the sweet stuff is making an investment in good health.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Honey War - Beekeeping for fun

Eivind Mork has made a beekeeping board game that is "losely based on real honeybees and beekeeping, and you will find some of the same problems and solutions that real beekeepers faces.". Other than downloading the game all you need "is a pair of scissors, a glue stick and a color printer". I have not tried this game myself, but it looks great!
You can download the game on this page.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Varroa mite - the fight continues

Here's another bee story from New Zealand, this time about the fight to eradicate the varroa mite from the South Island. The estimated cost is at $6 millon - $12 million!

More testing for varroa mite, New Zealand - 22 hours ago
... If the mite establishes in the South Island it could have a harmful effect on the beekeeping industry, and catastrophic effects for South Island agriculture as ...

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Pictorial Reference Guide of Stinging Insects

I just stumpled upon this great page that shows all different kinds of stinging insects right on a finger. Click the link to see more great pictures!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New Zealand opens up for competition II

As I wrote the other day New Zealand has opened up for honey from other countries after a 50 year import ban.

Shane Ardern, a National Party Biosecurity Spokesman, calls it "criminal to go ahead with this.." as this Press Release tells.

Ardern calls for biosecurity shake-up (press release), New Zealand - 16 hours ago
... “I disagree that we should just give up on keeping our country free of pests. “The beekeeping industry is facing many challenges and their success in ...

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Once a beekeeper..

A lot of beekeepers lost thier bee hives when hurricane Katrina wrecked everything on is path last year. This article tells the story about the Prells who started all over after having lost most of thier hives.

Honey proves thicker than water (

PEARL RIVER -- Beekeepers Art and Margaret Prell tried to prepare as best they could before Hurricane Katrina struck last year. They traveled to Plaquemines Parish and tied their hives together in hopes that the wind wouldn’t do too much damage.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

New Zealand opens up for competition

According to this article, New Zealand will now accept honey from other countries when they have been through either a heating or radiation process. Nedless to say the NBA (National Beekeepers' Association) isn't too happy about this.
In my opnion competition is a good thing, but I can understand if some people are worried about  new threats like the
varroa mite.

50-year import ban on Australian honey lifted
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - Jul 11, 2006
... The National Beekeepers' Association (NBA) has previously warned that cheap imported honey will threaten the viability of beekeeping and pollinating export ...

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Londoners love beekeeping

As this article states, more and more people are getting interested in beekeeping and the members of the British Beekeepers Association are rising in numbers, great news!

Urban beekeeping all the buzz in England
Political Gateway,?FL?- Jun 27, 2006
... James Hamill owns a honey shop in south London, and told the newspaper he has 200 bookings for his beekeeping courses this summer with three-quarters from ...

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