Supporting pollinators and providing the highest quality honey to our consumers has always been our top priority at Wedderspoon. As we are proud to procure all of our Manuka and specialty honeys from New Zealand’s pristine landscapes, we want to join the ranks of those who are supporting these pollinators abroad! This September, New Zealand will be celebrating their Bee Aware Campaign, a month-long event now in its seventh year, to spread awareness about the crucial role honeybees play in the country. We are thrilled to help support this important cause along with our likeminded friends in New Zealand!
The event focused on the honeybee was created in the hopes of educating the public around these pollinators and providing practical ways to get involved on a personal and local level. In fact, New Zealand’s bee population supports over $5 billion to their economy annually! That staggering statistic alone provides part of the impetus for the movement. Moreover, as in the U.S., these hardworking honeybees pollinate about one third of everything New Zealanders eat.
Thankfully, there have been no confirmed cases of CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder in New Zealand, possibly due to New Zealand’s moratorium on GMO crops. When a 30% bee loss occurred in 2011, the country took action and is now part of an experimental effort to understand and reverse the decline of these pollinators. This groundbreaking experiment fits tens of thousands of bees with small electric tags to monitor their movements and track the bees to gather detailed information about bee populations.
New Zealand urges not only its population but the international public as well to take steps to help the bees at home! Here’s what you can do to help:
- Apiculture New Zealand sells bee friendly wildflower seed mix packets on the ApiNZ website. In each pack is a mix of fifteen wildflower seed species that will provide food for bees all season long. If you’re in NZ, buy them here.
- Banning pesticides and chemicals from your garden creates an environment in which pollinators can thrive.
- Just like humans, bees love diversity in their diet! Try to plant a varied selection of plants to supply pollinators with an abundance of pollen and nectar.
- Create habitats for wild bees if you have the space – leave branches, bare ground and natural shelters for bees rather than creating landscaped and manicured lawns.
For more information on the organization and in-country activities, check out the ApiNZ website (www.apinz.org.nz) and BAM Facebook page! Be sure to visit our shop pages to see our selection of top-selling Manuka and specialty honeys here!