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28/Apr/2017

Bees go out during the day and gather food. In the gathering of their food, they make wax, which is the building block of their bee hive.

Bees make food called honey.

They use a sticky, glue-like substance called propolis as a binding to hold their hives together.

Nectar is used to produce wax, where sap is used to produce propolis.

Bees produce all of the building blocks to build their hive in their own body.

Bees can build 7 panels of honeycomb in only 5 days. It’s a very quick process.


28/Apr/2017

Rarely can I say, “I wrote the book on this,” but when it comes to endangered bees, that’s the case.

In my book, To Bee or Not To Bee, I discuss the hideous human beings for profit on this planet that sell comfort to ever citizen of this planet.

It sounds grim, but it’s pointing to a truth that is liberating.

We all know that even non-lethal pesticides, over time, have an unfortunate effect on insects.

Insecticide companies will spend millions of dollars on PR to convince the public that their insecticides are not actually causing harmful effects to the overall insect population and earth, but that’s just not so.

Honey bees are a keystone species. In the ocean, the squid is a keystone species. Without the squid there are not breeds of shark, swordfish, tuna, etcetera. Without the squid, all these other species cannot exist.

The honey bee pollinates almost all of the food that human beings eat. Without the honey bee our food production is reduced between 40 and 70-percent. Not only does the food supply decrease for humans, but also for cows, deer, and other proteins.

Without the honey bee, all of our proteins begin to disappear as well.

If the honey bee disappears, 70-percent of all of our food is gone within 8 months. Within a year and a half, almost all protein is gone.

That’s why supporting companies like Epic Honey and the American Honey Bee Protection Agency is so important. Proceeds go to saving the honey bee and keeping our food supply alive and well.


28/Apr/2017

Bee rescue often looks like a construction crew in beekeeping suits.

Often there will be a person cutting a hole in a wall or a floor, making some kind of penetration into whatever area the bees are in.

We put bees in bee boxes because bees love living in quarters that are about 9-inches tall by 16-inches wide by 20-inches—about 2-feet.

Sometimes we are in white bee suits, but often we’ll use red. It’s said that bees can’t see red as easily.

Bee hives are not always just hanging from a tree, they are often inside of a wall. So, that requires that we cut into and remove pieces of the wall to get to the hive.

Sometimes you’ll have the hive and then the honey storage as two separate structures.

Bees do this so that predators will first attack their honey storage.

Learn more about bee rescue from the American Honey Bee Protection Agency.


28/Apr/2017

One reason a bee might sting you is that you accidentally got into the bee’s flight path. When bees flap their wings to try and slow their momentum, it brings their tail end up and forward. They are trying to avoid you, but the momentum puts their stinger into you.

When you see a bee that’s flying very aggressively over your Coke, that means that they’ve run out of food in nature and so they’re going to fight you for your sugar.

Sometimes you’ll get stung by accidentally laying on a bee.

Finally, bees target motion. If you come within 12-feet of their bee hive, they can target you.

They will pass word through electrical impulse back to the hive and queen if you—the intruder—continues coming towards the hive.

It can take 45-seconds to a minute and a half for the queen to then send out the guard bees via a pheromone she sends out.

The reason beekeepers use smoke is to dilute this pheromone the queen uses to rally the troops.

When you’re sitting at a picnic table and a bee is flying in a lackadaisical flight path, there’s really no threat.

However, if a bee is fluttering in front of you like a bad driver, then it’s aggravated and might try and fight you for the food you have.


28/Apr/2017

Honey bees have a society. That society has different jobs.

The queen lays eggs and eats all day long. Worker bees feed her. The queen usually only eats royal jelly. Her lifespan is somewhere between 6 and 10 years, naturally.

Worker bees, on the other hand, are between 6 weeks and 8 months, depending on how hard they are being worked.

Those same worker bees could also be a guard bee. Then you have scout bees and foragers.

All of these different bees are in the bee society.

Foragers are out pollinating all day long, getting pollen on their little hairy legs and drinking nectar.

Some bees are at the front of the bee hive waiting to detect motion. They send out a couple of bees to scout for intruders and if the intruder proceeds, they alert the hive to send out the rest of the guard bees.

A lot of people make the mistake when the first few bees come out to sting you and swat at them out in front of their body. However, the guard bees then attack from the sides while the person is attacking something invisible in front of them.


28/Apr/2017

Epic Honey produces several kinds of honey.

Wild Honey is a byproduct of relocating rescued honey hives. In that process, we get about 20-pounds of honey which is put into a solar melter and the entirety of what was in the bee’s wax is now jarred. It’s honey how bees intended honey to taste.

Our Co-op honey is raised in multiple places from multiple partners. Those honey products will represent the 2-miles or terrain that the bees foraged; each with its own unique taste.

For the co-op honey products that we raise, instead of feeding the bees a corn syrup slop mixture, we feed them cold fruit—apples, pears, berries, and water. It’s a smoothie for bees.

That’s why some of our co-op honey tastes of jam on the lips. You’re tasting what the bees tasted, first, before tasting the sweetness of the honey.

Our African honey, on the other hand, tastes somewhat like red dirt—it’s earthy.

Real honey is going to have unique notes and that’s part of the fun of tasting it.


28/Apr/2017

Some pesticides just outright kill the bee, while some affect the bee’s memory.

A honey bee comes out of its hive every morning and has an idyllic memory; meaning it basically takes a picture of its surroundings, then goes off and does its thing. It using a kind of photographic memory to get back to the hive after foraging.

What pesticides like neonaticides do is alter the memory of the bee.

The best thing to prevent this is to stop buying any of the products by companies producing neonaticides, or any glycerophosphate product.

Instead, if you have an ant mound you need to get rid of, you can pour 5-gallons of boiling water on it and typically terminate the mound.

The alternative is putting a residual amount of poison into the Earth.

If you need to kill weeds, an easy alternative to poison is food grade vinegar and salt.

When we use poisons, those poisons leach into our ground water, which we then take in via the tap.

There are millions of organic remedies available when we’re willing to put in a little extra effort to find them.


28/Apr/2017

When stung by a bee, focus can be important.

One thing I do when I get stung by a bee, instead of concentrating on the pain or swelling, I’ll instead try and taste what the venom actually tastes like.

I’ll try and figure out what flower the bees have been pollinating or foraging on to make the venom taste like that.

Sometimes when a bee stings you, it doesn’t hurt very much but it swells like crazy. Sometimes it doesn’t swell at all, but it hurts and burns.

While all of that is happening, there is a venom that’s being released into your system and you can taste what the bees have been foraging on.

Focusing on that taste, for me, has allowed my mind to focus on the value of the venom rather than that intensity of the pain.

Another side effect of the venom is that it triggers your body to release collagen, which is what the swelling is all about.

Collagen helps repairs tendons and ligaments and can be beneficial to arthritis symptoms.

Perhaps bee stings aren’t all bad.


28/Apr/2017

Identifying Real Honey

Real honey isn’t one color. It’s not one consistency. It’s not one flavor.

You have honey that comes from clover, that honey is almost pure white and tastes of clover flower on the lips, then takes on a sweeter taste.

Some honey is almost black and tastes like molasses at first and ends in a more traditional honey taste.

Properly Tasting Honey

The first flavor on your lips should be what the bees were eating, not the sweet honey.

Just like with a fine wine, you should be able to taste the flavor of the 2-miles the bees were foraging in each jar of honey.

Many honey products are actually corn syrup that’s been died yellow.

Is My Honey Processed?

Processed honey is often a proprietary blend, mixing local honey with large amounts of mystery mix.

Honey might be called “raw” but it’s actually going through a dryer line that gets to 350-degrees, which heat processes or super cooks the honey.

Beware Super-Cooked HoneyHow We Prepare Our Honey

What we do is spin the honey or run it through our solar melters.

Most honey you find at the grocery store will have its pollen counts as parts per million. Epic honey’s pollen is measured in teaspoons per gallon, giving a much better representation of the 2-miles that the bee has foraged and providing more health benefits.

Epic Honey is Truly Local

With Epic Honey, everything that was in the original honeycomb—the propolis, the royal jelly, the pollen, the honey—goes into the solar melter where the wax is separated, which gives a much more gritty and natural flavor and taste.

That grittiness that you’re tasting before it turns sweet is the actual pollen in the honey. That’s the beneficial part for you.

Epic Honey is truly a local honey.