What is Beekeeping?
First the Bees, bees are insects that live in colonies that have one queen bee. She is solely responsible for the growth of the colony as she is the only one who can procreate. Bees do sting as a method of protecting their colony. But they do so when they are provoked. With the use of proper equipment and the correct approach to a hive, one can minimize stings.
Bees produce their own food, honey, that they store for a source of food when the weather is not conducive for them to go out of the hive. Honey has been used by humans throughout history as a sweetener, a source of calories and for medicinal purposes. (Why and How do Bees make honey, a short video)
Apiculture, or beekeeping, is the process of maintaining honey bees. A beekeeper is someone who cultivates colonies of bees. The main purpose of most beekeepers is to collect the products of the colonies which are honey, propolis, beeswax and royal jelly. Bees are also kept to pollinate crops or gardens, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.
Over the last few years, the population of bees has declined significantly worldwide due to a number of factors. (What is happening to honeybees, a short video) Mainly a few diseases, the widespread use of pesticides and weather factors have combined to an estimated 40% drop in bee population. This has driven an interest in beekeeping as a way to help our environment and our food supply.
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