The Bee Project is committed to establishing a connection between people and bees. We are creating one of the largest ever urban honey bee studies entitled “The Bee Project”. The focus will be on what the honey bees are eating and drinking and how they are adapting to the environment; results will be revealed by testing and analyzing urban honey hives across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John, Newfoundland. These results will also give a good indication of the cleanliness of each city.
The Bee Project seeks to address issues of sustainability of the food supply, it also aims to raise awareness of the importance of Bees – while creating delicious honey. Your otherwise invisible rooftops can become a valuable, safe habitat, to what the Earth Watch Institute concluded are the most important living beings on the planet. Together, we will tell the story of how your city is a leader in actively supporting biodiversity and a healthy environment while championing urban bee survival. Communities will share a common interest in playing a part in advancing Bee sustainability improving the local ecosystem and being an important link to a national movement of Saving the Honey Bee. Our goal is to help the bees pollinate one plant, one bee and one tree at a time.
The Bee Project’s aim is to raise awareness for bees and the vital role that they play in our ecosystems and to be part a global effort to help save the honey bee from the various threats of disease and human habitation. With the collapse of honey bees (Colony Collapse Disorder) around the world, a serious risk is taking place in our natural food supply. In1945 there were more than 6 million hives across America and now less than 1.7 million are left standing, yet we eat more honey than ever before. The honey bee plays a very important role in the sustainability of the food supply chain. They are the key to the pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops, which ultimately produces a very large proportion of the food that we all eat. One in three mouthfuls to be exact! Given our increasing lack of connection to our food sources, the vital role of pollination by the honey bee is not widely recognized or valued. Looking to the future, as we expand on concepts of growing food in our cities & making them greener & more sustainable ‑ it is vital to protect honey bees and include them in our cities and sprawling urban landscapes. Through our grants, educational resources, and awareness campaigns we hope to be apart of the solution!