A Job That Gets Very Little Attention;
Why Is That?
After learning about
the business of beekeeping, I realized that this job is the least understood. I found out that quite
a few people haven't given it much thought on how that honey gets to their table.
Without any fanfare, beekeepers
still go on and help provide consumers with products that will always be considered healthy and necessary.
It is a part of the agricultural
world, which makes this area of farming rewarding. It also has
it's "trials and tribulations", which include diseases and pests.
Today, especially, it seems as though some sort of "hex" has been
put upon beekeepers and honey bees. Of course, it isn't as though we have never endured problems before.
It's really nothing new. But, for some reason, we are faced with a dilemma we all wish would go away and be a "thing"
of the past.
As with any living thing within the agricultural world, honey
bees are met with all kinds of disease and "sickness", including insects that should have never been "invented" or brought
into this world to wreak havoc.
It is so much more important, more than ever before, to have a
league of dedicated beekeepers who can "hang in there". Men and women who can handle the problem or problems at hand
and work endlessly to keep the honey bee populations strong and plentiful.
With the news of some sort of "collapse" and demise of the honey
bee populations, all of a sudden, it seems that the role of beekeepers and the role of honey bees is foremost in many people's
Too bad that it took something like this to bring to attention
the important role of beekeepers.
Without beekeepers assisting honey bees to keep healthy and without
the science dedicated to this small but very important aspect agriculture, the honey bee could easily be just a memory.
And, after all of the "arrows" being shot to the hearts of honey
bees, there are still beekeepers in this country working constantly, spending every dime they can make, to keep these extremely
important insects alive and well.
Afterall, without honey bees, there would no longer be the many
benefits they provide:
the healthful nectar called honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and the
"grand daddy" of them all: pollination.
I must admit, however, that all of the other "benefits"
honey bees provide are
"up there on the scale of importance" alongside the role of pollinating crops.
So, when you purchase honey from a "real" beekeeper, remember
where that sweet nectar came from and how it got "from here to there".