Bee my Future
Honeybees don’t just make honey. Our future depends on them.
Over the past few years honeybee and other insect pollinator populations have fallen. According to the FAO, 71 out of 100 of the most important crops reproduce thanks to pollination. Over 80% of the crops that feed the human population depend on the free labour honeybees offer us. If the amount of honeybees keeps on decreasing we will no longer be able to enjoy many foods, such as berries, peaches, chestnuts, apples, almonds, as well as courgettes, tomatoes and many other vegetables. Fewer dairy products, such as milk, yoghurt, butter and fresh cheese will reach our tables. If honeybees disappear, our food security and future will be in danger. Apitalia, the magazine dedicated to Italian beekeeping, has for many years highlighted the potential risks for beehives caused by the use of neonicotinoids, three types of pesticide that affect insects' and pests' nervous systems, together with the problems of habitat loss and environmental pollution. That’s why sustaining beekeeping is fundamental for our food security and for our own and our planet’s future.
Bee My Future aims to support the maintenance of 8 apiaries thanks to a beekeeper hobbyist who boasts ten years experience and a profound knowledge of the world of bees. Our partner, the Beekeepers’ Association of the Province of Milan (APAM), has selected the best beekeeper for the job. APAM is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 with the aim of protecting honeybees and promoting beekeeping. The organisation works in the provinces of Milan, Lodi, Monza and in the Brianza area. It has over 170 members and more than 8,000 beehives. The beekeeper will be entrusted with the management of honeybees. He will conduct beekeeping and honey production in the highly urbanised context of the province of Milan, following organic farming principles:
Apiaries will be located, as far as possible, in areas of spontaneous crops and greenery that are not adjacent to areas subject to chemical treatments. Moreover, they will be at least 0.5 km away from areas subject to smog, such as motorways and streets of high density traffic, industrial plants and other sources of pollution.
All materials utilised, including during hive construction, are natural. The project aims to demonstrate that apiary management in an urban area is possible without using synthetic substances for beekeeping and according to organic farming principles.
The project envisages the purchase of honeybee swarms and the necessary equipment to maintain them, such as hives and security clothing, technical assistance to the beekeeper, monitoring of the activities and the bees’ health, honey production according to the sector’s regulations (production, packaging, labelling), and branding of the project materials and honey.