Buzzing bees: the time that you are with a fly swatter doodsloeg is very far behind us. There is an alarming bee mortality, and for every spoonful of honey makes the bug a lot of flying hours. Honey Is eating well such a good idea now the bees are dying?
Honey is made by honeybees, and with the Dutch honey bee is the the last few years have been good, says Coby van Dooremalen. She is a researcher in honey Bee and Health at Wageningen University & Research.
How honey is also been made?
A opfrislesje biology: honey bees are kept by beekeepers, and life in the Netherlands was no longer in the wild. These bees, and a number of species of wild bees, collect nectar from flowers and convert that nectar into their stomach to honey.
Because they from flower to flower fly, and there is pollen on their legs hang, fertilize them at the same time crops. The honey by the bees in their hive, and beekeepers can harvest.
The number of beekeepers in the Netherlands is not recorded, but the estimate is ten thousand. There are 9.500 hobbyist, says Nadine Schalk of the Dutch Association for Beekeepers.
Bees collect nectar from flowers and convert that into honey (Photo: NU.nl/Ben Saanen).
Honey to consume during the next: should and can I do that?
Or honey consume in this time of blame must be able to, depends on the type of honey, says Nadine Schalk. The professional beekeeper let beehives, in order of farmers and growers in greenhouses and on fields to fly the crops to fertilize, and the goal is not to maximize honey harvest.
How about the voedselconcurrentie of honey bees?
- Since the wild bijenpopulatie decreases, there is among scientists, beekeepers and conservation organisations of discussion about voedselconcurrentie of honey bees. Finally, there are no unlimited supplies of pollen and nectar available in the Netherlands. The honey bee is in big nations kept and well cared for by the beekeeper, making it ‘unfair competition’ compared to that of wild bees. Which should itself be in search of nectar, and to arrange their own accommodation.
Schalk: “Bees collect during flowering in the spring and summer more honey than they need. As beekeepers, their bees and do not let flocks as in the past, they are less energy to spend on the building of new combs. That honingoverschotten be harvested.”
‘EU honey must comply with strict requirements’
Supermarkthoning is a different story, according to both bijenexperts. That honey comes largely from large honinglanden in Eastern Europe, South America, or from China. There may be bees everywhere nectar comes from, also from genetically engineered crops. To EU honey is strict requirements.
“In the supermarket tastes every jar of honey the same, and that is impossible”
Schalk: “If the jar is” organic honey”, says nothing about the origin and how the beekeeper, bees are treats. In some countries bees for the harvest of sugar-fed, or is the use of antibiotics in respect of bee diseases allowed. That is in the Netherlands, is strictly prohibited. Also tastes in the supermarket each jar of honey the same, and that is impossible.”
A beekeeper, shows King Willem-Alexander and explanations about a hive ().
“Ask the beekeeper how bees treats’
Schalk: “If your honey wants to eat, then buy from a local beekeeper. That honey always tastes different, and the taste is affected by what blooms. Heather honey, wilgenhoning, acacia honey, fruitbloesemhoning: no game is the same. And you can the bee-keeper himself, ask how his bees are treated.” Thoughtlessly a spoon of honey in your tea: that is quite a sin, says Schalk.
“Eat honey sad for the? That falls into”
Coby van Dooremalen
Eat honey sad for the? That is it, also says researcher Van Dooremalen. “The bee is in its honey to share. A beekeeper the bees are well treated and harvested the honey complement it with an alternative like sugar water. Then it seems to me that it was ok for honey to eat. I would, however, dwell on how many flight hours a in such a spoon.”
Voedselconcurrentie has never been properly investigated
- The problem with the issue of the voedselconcurrentie between wild and kept honey bees is that this never has been properly researched in the Netherlands, says Schalk. Honey bees have shorter tongues than many other pollinating insects, and not all the flowers nectar. There are lots of factors that play a part. In addition, the wild and kept bees together also strengthening, says bijenonderzoeker Of Dooremalen. “Eating makes for better seed set and therefore may be more flowers the next year. The honey bee therefore to contribute to more flowers for the bees. Sometimes they live side by side and feed them at other times of the day, or on other plants.”