Bees are one of the most important components of food production, but their numbers are quickly declining. Since bees are responsible for pollinating domestic crops, we face a real global threat to our agricultural and ecological systems as they become increasingly endangered.
To really put into perspective how important these insects are, consider that for every three bites of food you take, a bee was responsible for pollinating one of them.
In 1947, there were six milllion hives, while today there are only two and a half million. Luckily, beekeepers have come up with an ingenious solution! BEEcosystem was founded by Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle, with a mission of reconnecting consumers with the nature of food systems.
They brilliantly designed a cedar hive that can be installed right in your home. They are expandable too, so that as the colony grows, so can the hive. One of the coolest features is the glass panel that serves as a window, so you can watch these critters while they keep "buzzy" building their honeycombs.
Bees can enter and exit the hive via a plastic tube that funnels them outside. The tube fits into a space in your window, just like an AC unit.
The creators know that people might be hesitant to install the hives due to lack of experience with bees, so they created an ambassador program. Experienced beekeepers volunteer their time to educate people about bees and to help maintain the hives while you learn to do it yourself.
Even though this program is very well thought out and has the potential to seriously increase the bee population, BEEcosystem does advise potential consumers that part of installing a system involves educating themselves and committing to properly maintaining the hives. Oh, and be sure to look into any beekeeping regulations in your municipality!
If you'd like to learn more about the BEEcosystem and their program, or if you'd like to be part of sustaining the bee population by installing a hive in your home, check our their website! Long live the bees!
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