Happy Friday friends.
When you smile your face will frown, and that will bring everybody down, so don’t worry-bee happy.
Yeeeeeeehar! It’s “International Bee Day 2023”, and I will certainly be celebrating.
Along with “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” it’s one of my favourite days!
But joking aside, Bee Day is important because bees are so super important to the planet and our survival. I’m also passionate about orangutans but that’ll be another blog.
Honeybees and Orangutans. No, that’s not the title of my new electronic chillout studio album, they are part of what the Japanese would call my Ikigai.
The Japanese concept of Ikigai is “a passion that gives value and joy to life, and a purpose”. And they bring all of that to mine.
Doing what we do at Syntech Biofuel allows me the unique opportunity to incorporate that into my day job. To be allowed to indulge my passion for humanity and the natural world is something that I’m very grateful for. Can you imagine, doing a job that means you can make a difference, winner winner, free-range organic chicken dinner!
Back to the Bees dear readers and it’s a day to celebrate the role they play on planet Earth. Being a bee is a big, big job. Bees play a vital role in ensuring the health of our planet and provide significant impact to our ecosystems.
Here’s 5 cool Bee things:
Around 75% of global food crops rely on pollinators, bees are the guvnors when it comes to pollination. They fertilize plants, flowers and agricultural crops so humans don’t die out. They quite simply enable us to eat.
There are 20,000 known species of bees ranging in size from tiny stingless bees up to large carpenter bees. The best known are honeybees living socially in hives with a queen, the workers and the drones.
Bees have been making honey for 150 million years. Honey is the original superfood with amazing properties. Roman soldiers used to put honey on sword wounds as it’s antiseptic properties helped them to stay clean and heal quicker.
Bees are found on every content except Antarctica.
Honey bees communicate by doing the waggle dance. They do this to tell other bees in the colony where the food sources are and the distance to them. They have their own internal radar and navigations systems.
But in recent years there has been a massive and worrying decline in bee populations. This has been caused by farming practices, pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change and air pollution.
Broadly speaking, if they go, we stand a chance of dying out too. So on International Bee Day 2023, let’s celebrate what these stripey little furry legged superheroes do for us by doing something in return for them, plant some extra flowers in your gardens or window boxes and balconies. Don’t use pesticides with glyphosates in, they are harmful to bees. And generally let’s bee more mindful and grateful for the work they do.
When we started this amazing journey the founding partners asked me if I needed anything else on site and I said a beehive would be a good idea. It got a good laugh and a roll of their eyes but we agreed to focus on the more immediate challenges and solutions.
It’s some time on now, but to celebrate International Bee Day we took delivery of and unpacked our first beehive this week. I literally cannot wait to bring a colony in to live side by side with our clean burning renewable energy biofuel generators. Watch this space for news of the first jar of Syntech Honey.
I couldn’t be more excited, infact, I’m buzzing!
Thanks for reading, Have beautiful weekend.
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