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Why should you care about bees? How do they effect your life anyways? I hope by the end of this, I can answer that for you.

Beekeeping can not only benifit you and your family, but can positiviley effect your community. Bees polinate 80% of our plants and agriculture, providing healthy and flurishing crops. Pollination is only the tip of the iceburg for these facinating insects, though. Honey has been used for millenia in many different ways. While honey is an aniseptic, it has been used by the early Egyptians for embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. Today, honey is commonly used for it's anti-flammatory and antibacterial properties. Now BEESWAX! Don't even get me started! Beeswax is very commonly used in lotions and lip balms for it's incredible anti-flamatory and antibacterial properties (like honey). These natural items bees create are an incredible benifit for humanity. There are over 6,000 businesses run from keeping bees and selling their products. 

Beekeeping Supplies!

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Beekeeping and Agriculture

The benifits of having a bee box in your yard or community are endless. While bees provide honey, beeswax, pollen and more, they also guarentee healthy aguriculture around them. 

Honeybees are quite valuable as they contribute to the successes of agriculture and industry. In fact, the monetary value of honey bees as commercial pollinators in the United States is estimated at about $15 billion annually with them doing almost 80% of all crop pollination. Without them, farmers and consumers would be at a great loss. 

(Sources and cool articles-

http://www.backyardhive.com/general/general/beekeeping_benefits/

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/journeywithnature/bees-agriculture.xml )

 

What Bees do for Us

Pollination
Agriculture depends greatly on the honeybee for pollination. Honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination, collecting approx 30 kilogram/66 lbs of pollen, per hive, per year. Without such pollination, we would see a significant decrease in the yield of fruits and vegetables.

Honey
There are many types, colours and flavours of honey. Bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowering trees and plants, and they use it for food year-round. Honey has antibacterial qualities; eating local honey can fend off allergies.

Beeswax
Secreted from glands, beeswax is used by the honeybee to build honeycomb. Beeswax is used in drugs, cosmetics, artists’ materials, furniture polish, boot polish, and church candles.

Popolis
Collected by honeybees from trees, this sticky resin is mixed with wax to make a glue the bees use to seal cracks and repair their hive. Propolis is used as a health aid, and as the basis for fine wood varnishes.

Royal Jelly
The powerful, milky substance that turns an ordinary bee into a Queen Bee is made from digested pollen and honey or nectar, and mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in a nursing bee’s head. Loaded with B vitamins, it is used by some as a dietary supplement and fertility stimulant, and commands premium prices (rivalling imported caviar!).

Mead
Mead is one of the oldest known drinks and was very popular up to the 18th century. It is a type of wine, often sweet, made from honey, water and yeast, typically containing 12-14% alcohol.

 

( Source: http://beeswales.co.uk/en-GB/History-of-beekeeping )