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Beekeeper Calls for Return to Nature, Urban Bees
Detroit, Michigan – September 1, 2013 – Einstein’s prediction that humanity would perish four years after the last honey bee dies could be put to the test… unless things change soon for our threatened little apiarian friends. Longtime beekeeper Jerry Dunbar believes the answer lies in an organic, natural approach. He introduces his methods in Natural Beekeeping; PBS broadcasts ongoing, DVD now available.
These tiny creatures, responsible for pollinating one third of our crops (and bringing us that healthy, tasty, antibacterial substance we call honey), are disappearing in mass waves, dying and losing the way back to their hives. Current theories assign blame to a combination of chemicals, genetically modified crops, antibiotics, pests, pesticides and other factors.
After 40 years of watching this problem develop, Dunbar sees part of the solution in an elimination of all artificial intrusion into the bee’s life; in letting its natural biology and immune system build up strength, restoring balance. He envisions a future in which people around the world discover and take up apiculture, building a network of healthy small-scale beekeeping operations, creating a buffer against Colony Collapse Disorder.
He encourages urban and suburban beekeeping: “The pesticides and monoculture in farmlands are not good for the bees and their honey,” he notes. “In cities, they have a choice of blossoms and can skip the ones with chemicals.”
To help promote the all-natural approach, Dunbar has participated in this video series – now on PBS and DVD – demonstrating his practices and showing the life cycle of a healthy colony of bees. Natural Beekeeping follows his narrative, augmented with footage of seasonal and hive behavior. Dunbar also introduces some of the healthy and profitable products that can be made from honey and other substances found in the hive – including mead, honey straws, propolis tincture and edible lip balm.
Natural Beekeeping fascinates people of all kinds and will broaden the horizons of anyone interested in ecological, health, and nutritional matters.