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Did you know that the end of life as we know it is threatened by a diminishing American food supply and WHY we must import food from healthier countries?

 

September 21, 2020

Barbara J. Andrews, SAAB Member

 

My father was a bee keeper who worked in the dry-cleaning industry. In the first half of the 1900s there were no synthetics fabrics, only organic materials; cotton, silk, wool, and leather.  His specialty was cleaning delicate silk garments.

 

 

Half Comanche, he understood the natural world and where “stuff” came from. Cotton from plants. Wool and silk were sustainable and carefully harvested. Leather came from four-legged creatures that gave their lives. He was an avid hunter but he never killed or fished except for food. Like his mother’s people, he wasted not and honored nature.

 

Daddy enjoyed his bees and the honey his “little buddies” provided. The bees recognized and trusted him. He smoked them only a little, to ”Let em know I'm coming.” I know it sounds weird but the bees accepted his minor thefts. He wore no protective gear and his bee-friends allowed him to take a quart of honey and even their treasured propolis without stinging.

 

Did you know that bees pollinate over 35% of America's food crops, more than any other insect or species, including man’s modern machinery and technology? Now you know why we are teetering on the brink of a food shortage that could become worldwide as primitive countries also become mechanized.

 

Machines belch smoke, polluting the plants that support the bees that pollinate the plants.

 

I couldn’t go near daddy’s beehive which was nestled between two buildings on the back of our property. I had teased them twice, showing off to my elementary school friends. Bees are incredibly intelligent and have long memories… Already an animal lover, I added bees to my list of amazing creatures and respected their territory.

 

To my mother, of European Gypsy heritage, bees made medicine. Don’t scoff at that, learn and respect what bees have done since the beginning of recorded history.

 

An entomology study determined that bees originated in southeast Asia over 300,000 years ago. From there they spread to Europe, Africa and literally, around the world. Thank goodness bees got to North America!

 

You know bees as producers of the most nutritious and healthy sweet known to humans (animals love it, especially bears) but bees also produce amazing health aids. In ancient Egypt “honey bees” were kept in woven straw or intricately designed pottery made for that purpose and in honor of “bee blessings.”

 

One long-recognized health aid is propolis, the resinous glue bees use to construct a hive and with which they seal up holes or cracks. Interestingly, the word “propolis” is derived from Greek language and means to defend (pro) community (polis) in this case, the beehive.

 

 

Propolis is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antimycotic, antifungal, antiulcer, and anticancer. I’ll spare you the numerous scientific references and just say “Daddy said so…”

 

Another treasured gift from bees is known as Royal Jelly. It is a white glutinous secretion from the worker-bee’s mandibular gland. It is a treasure shared only with the queen bee and her larvae when they hatch. Royal Jelly strengthens bees during infancy and nourishes the Queen bee for her exceptionally long life.

 

You can see why Royal Jelly is in demand by informed humans. In many cases it does as good a job protecting against or clearing infection as any prescription medicine. Royal Jelly provides an amazingly effective shield against “antibacterial, antitumor, antiallergy, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects” in all mammals, and yes, it works for dogs!

 

Bottom line, 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, bats and beetles. By coincidence, the 5 B’s...

 

For more information on Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly click the National Institute Of Health link and this human and canine related resource Bee Propolis For Human and Pet Health.

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