“Humans have been benefiting from bees and their nourishing superfoods since prehistoric times. From Cleopatra using honey to keep her youthful glow to health O.G. Hippocrates prescribing propolis to cure everything from sores to bacterial infection, our healing relationship with bee products has some serious history!” Beekeeper’s Naturals.
Bees create some seriously delicious and nutrient dense foods that contain nearly all the nutrients required by humans. AND their pollination is VITAL for a lot of the food’s survival. Sadly there is a huge bee decline in the world today, and that is why we have teamed up with Beekeeper’s Naturals (our favorite company for all things Bee-related) to raise money to #SaveTheBees.
Grab a Bee Bundle for yourself
or your honey + help us save the bees!
// Inside the Bundle //
1 bag of Purely Elizabeth Coconut Cashew Grain Free Granola
1 Beekeeper’s Naturals Bee Pollen (1.76 oz)
(total value of $16.99)
LIMITED EDITION BUNDLES AVAILABLE
NOW FOR $10.99
**All profits will go towards the Davis Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, the leading bee research facility in the US**
Now that you know all about our awesome Bee Bundle, we want to go further in depth about why we are passionate about this cause: what bee pollen is, why bees are AMAZING + all about the charity that we are donating to.
THE DEETS ON BEE POLLEN:
What It Is:
Pollen is the main protein source of the bees. When honeybees fly from flower to flower they collect pollen, which is the male seed of the plant. As the bees fly around they gather pollen, mix it with a little nectar and carry it in packed balls on their hind legs called pollen pants.
How Bees Collect It:
The pollen that you eat doesn’t actually make it into the hive. As the bees fly to the hive entrance some of the pollen they are carrying home is dusted off and falls into nets that beekeepers place at the front of the hive to be collected.
Why Bee Pollen Good For You:
- Bee pollen is a vegetarian protein source
- Bee pollen contains more protein per weight than any animal source
- About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body (meaning its a protein source your body can easily absorb, digest and break down)
- Bee pollen is high in B vitamins which are known to boost energy
- Pollen is considered one of nature’s most complete nourishing foods
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- High in antioxidants
THE DEETS ON BEES: What they give us + what we could lose:
Purely Elizabeth Ingredients We Would Lose If We Lost The Bees:
- Coconut (partially bee pollinated)
Some Of The Foods We Would Lose If We Lost The Bees:
- Coconut (partially insect pollinated)
Additional items may be found here: Pollinated Food.
Facts On The Bee Decline:
- Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) = alarming phenomenon where worker bees just disappear from a hive leaving behind the queen, food and larvae (leading to total loss of hive)
- Prevalent in 2006 where beekeepers reported losses of 30-90% of hives
- Losses attributed to CCD have declined drastically in recent years but hive losses/honey bee mortality remains very high and significantly above the long term average
- From April 2015 to April 2016, US beekeepers lost 44% of honeybee colonies (compared to long term average of 10-15% and 11.9% internationally)
- Beekeepers experienced high summer loss rates (28.1%), which is a cause for concern as bees should be healthiest in the summer
- Number of managed US bee colonies has declined from 6 million in 1947 to 2.5 million today.
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Facts on Charity:
University of California, Davis Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
- Largest state-supported apiculture facility in North America
- Pre-eminent bee research facility focusing on biology, genetics, breeding, bee health and meeting the needs of California’s agricultural industry
- Uniquely qualified to investigate and provide solutions for decline of honeybees and other bee species
Why We Care And So Should You:
- If we lose the bees we will lose 1/3 of our food supply
- Every third bite of food you take is bee pollinated
- Out of the world’s 100 most important food crops, over 70 are dependent on the bees – the effects on our food supply and ecosystem would be devastating
- Bees are pillars of local ecosystems pollinating over 40% of wild plant life
- Honeybees and native bees contribute more than $25 billion to the US economy ever year
Grab your Bee Bundles + help us #SaveTheBees