The Buzz Issue 4: Won't You Bee Mine
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Straight from the kitchen labs of John Russell Honey! (actually from one of our ✨amazing✨ team members!), a quick and easy biscuit recipe for anyone who needs biscuits in a hurry.
We take a quick peek at the history behind two of the most reputed aphrodisiacs in the world.
John Russell's regular State of the Hive.
Where does all this honey come from 🍯 Find out right now 🌱
A short and sweet piece on the lifespan of honeybees (alternative title: here for a good time but not a long time)
A collection featuring some of the latest and greatest. Our pick this month? Valentino your personal St. Valentine's Day assistant!
News and Miscellany
New Fundraising Options!
- As always, we're running our traditional community fundraisers this year which have produced fantastic results for schools and other organizations across Manitoba
- New for 2023, we now offer a Gift Card Fundraiser program that's been streamlined and simplified to make fundraising as easy as possible for everyone involved! Read more here
France Rules Against Neonicotinoids
- France had been previously circumventing EU laws temporarily due to aphid issues, but has now implemented a total ban on the use of neonicotinoids
- Neonicotinoids have been implicated in various health issues for bees such as memory loss and paralysis
- Read more here (Radio France Internationale)
Study: American Honeybee Lifespans Halved
This article from The Charlatan (an independent student operated newspaper at Carlton University, Ottawa) delves into some recent research coming out of the University of Maryland (link to the original paper published in Nature)
- Results suggest that since 1969, the average lifespan of honeybees in the US has fallen from 34 days to 18 days
- It's unclear how this may relate to Canadian and, in our case more specifically, Manitoban honeybees, but it is clear many of the implicated problems such as varroa mites are present in Canada
Did You Know?
- February: from Latin februum meaning "purification" (Wikipedia)
- In Ancient Greece and Rome, honeybees were associated with the god of love, Eros (aka: Cupid, Wikipedia)
- The taxonomic name for the Western (also called European) honeybee, Apis mellifera found in Canada comes from the Latin words for "bee" (apis), "mel" (honey) and "fer" (carrying or bearing)
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