The Feral Honey Bee is virtually extinct in Switzerland – which is why we endeavour to protect and promote it as an integral part of our biodiversity!
The varroa mite and pesticides are not solely responsible for bee mortality as can be evidenced over and over again and year after year by a handful of feral bee colonies left in Switzerland. Beekeeping has become a revenue-maximising livestock industry which merely treats symptoms and prevents bees from naturally adapting to environmental changes. The Western honeybee has evolved extremely successfully in the last 30 million years yet now this evolution is hampered and overrun by human selection.
Nowadays, honey can only be harvested by unnatural means and harsh interventions that impact on the natural process of a bee colony. Fortunately, the economic and environmental needs of our time do not rely on honey, but on the pollination and conservation of biodiversity! Our projects aim towards pursuing a diversification of a sustainable (extensive) honey production, natural (feral) bees and nature-oriented and natural beekeeping to safeguard their pollination services and their ability to adapt to environmental changes. It goes without saying that honey remains an important incentive for beekeepers and a sweet luxury treat that we look forward to spreading on our bread in the mornings – and rightly so, provided this is done correctly.
FreeTheBees is a not for profit organisation and our mission is to show and to demonstrate in practical terms how we can overcome the current bee mortality crisis as balancing both economic and ecological concerns in the LONG TERM.
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.