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Honeybee Attitude

One day a bird had a chat with the honeybee. The bird asked the honeybee how it feels when after doing the continuous work to prepare honey, men steal it. The bird asked, 'Don't you feel sad and angry?'

Then the honeybee replied: "I have never felt sad and angry." There is a good reason behind my attitude. Men can steal my honey but can't steal my art of making honey.

Reference: Great attitude of HONEYBEE by Milanpadariya

Give national insect status to honeybee

"Honeybees are known mostly for the honey they produce, but not for the economic role they have is the pollination of hundreds and thousands of plants. Environmentalists have warned that the excessive use of pesticides, pollution and other factors have resulted in the decline of pollinating insects, particularly the honey bees. This is threatening to reduce our total food supply by one-third. Considering the importance of honeybees in conservation and maintenance of the natural biodiversity, it should be declared the national insect."

By R P Phadke, former director of the Central Bee Research and Training Institute - India

For centuries, people all around the world have enjoyed the simple, soothing pleasures of a good cup of tea with a good teaspoon of honey, and nowadays there is more reason to so do. Black and green teas are not only good tasting, especially with honey, but together they pack a punch of nutritional and health benefits.

Herbal teas come from a variety of plants other than the tea plant. They are made from leaves, berries, flowers, fruits and bark of herbs and spices. Although most herbal teas do not contain the antioxidant properties when paired with antioxidant-rich honey they do possess a wallop of good-for-you compounds that can enhance your health and well-being.

Medical doctors, nutritionists, scientists and beekeepers are now confirming what healers have been saying for since biblical times - teas and honeys have a variety of healing powers.


Reference: It's Honey and Tea Time By Cal Orey



Herb-Infused Honey

There are two methods for infusing honey - one takes a little time and patience, the other takes a little heat.

Traditional Infused Honey: In a sterilized glass jar or bottle, place herbs of your choice (washed, and dried completely). Add honey, cap the bottle, and place in a sunny, warm window. Depending upon the amount of herb you use, this process should yield a full-flavored infused honey in about three weeks. Strain herbs, and bottle strained honey in a sterilized bottle or jar.

Quick Infused Honey: In a saucepan over low heat, combine your choice of herbs and honey. Allow to infuse slowly, at a heat low enough to avoid bubbling, stirring occasionally. When flavors have permeated the honey, remove from heat, strain herbs from honey and store in a sterilized bottle or jar.

Reference: Market recipe: herb-infused honey
by Maggie Perkins

Sniffer-bees and sniffer-dogs compared in military cleanups

For the past 15 years, scientists have been training honeybees to identify over 60 different odors ranging from enriched uranium to methamphetamine (crystal meth) and TNT (the main explosive in land mines). The Red Cross estimates that between 50 and 100 million land mines exist in 80 countries, maiming 22,000 people (mostly children) every year.

Biologists from France and Croatia have successfully trained honeybees to become "sniffer bees" to swiftly pinpoint these deadly explosive devises scattered throughout the Balkans. In fact, honeybees are now being used instead of sniffer-dogs to find over 120,000 unexploded land mines in over 9,400 sites left behind from the 1992-95 Bosnian War. And after a couple of days of sniffing duty, they can be returned, unharmed, to the hive.

Sniffer-dogs cost about $9,000 each, are accurate approximately 71 percent of the time and require three months of training. Honeybees, on the other hand, are accurate 98 percent of the time, require less than 10 minutes of training, and they will prevent sniffer-dogs from being maimed by land mines.

By finding those unexploded land mines, our friends the honeybees will prevent thousands of children playing in Balkan fields from also being maimed.


Reference: Honeybees Protecting Humanity By Reese Halter

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