Organic agriculture and beekeeping is growing in popularity in many countries around the world.
But many countries are not yet ready to embrace organic agriculture, or to let farmers sell their products, as organic food is seen as a healthier alternative.
Here are 10 tips to keep your bees happy, healthy, and happy.
Choose products that are made with organic ingredients and not with chemicals.
“If you’re buying organic food, the only thing you need to do is go and ask your grocer, ‘Is this organic?'” says Dr. Anand K. Agrawal, a bee expert and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.
Agawal recommends choosing products that you can trust.
“If it’s not organic, you should not trust it,” he says.
AgRawal says consumers should be able to make informed choices about their food, so they can get the best product possible.
Use bee products that have been tested in animals to get the most benefit.
For bees, agrochemicals can be toxic.
Some bees, for example, can produce toxins called neonicotinoids, which can be damaging to their immune systems and lead to a range of health problems, including bee deaths.
Ag Rawal, who studies pesticides and neonic-based products, says that while bees may not be able the healthiest or most nutritious products, their use is beneficial because bees are able to use and process these chemicals efficiently.
“They’re not a factory farm, so there’s less pollution and less environmental impact,” he said.
Avoid the use of pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides.
Agrawal says the use and abuse of pesticides and fungicides is increasing as consumers demand more healthful products, and as bee populations decline due to habitat loss, disease, and climate change.
Be sure to choose products that aren’t labeled as organic.
When you shop for organic products, be aware that products that claim to be organic can contain toxic chemicals, like glyphosate and the herbicide imidacloprid.
“There are a lot of products that say they’re organic and then there are some that are not,” Agraw