The primary role of the Beekeeping fumigator is to ‘simulate’ an...READ ON
The primary role of the Beekeeping fumigator is to ‘simulate’ an internal hive fire, prompting the bees to ingest honey.
Tomas begins his work on the hives.
With the smoke, the bees are assuming they will need to abandon the hive. As...READ ON
With the smoke, the bees are assuming they will need to abandon the hive. As a result, with their ‘stomachs' full, they become more slow, allowing for safer hive manipulation.
He chose to demonstrate his beekeeping work gloveless, as he was taught by...READ ON
He chose to demonstrate his beekeeping work gloveless, as he was taught by his master. It would be sacrilegious to showcase the art of apiculture to others while wearing gloves. His mentor insisted that only without gloves could one truly have the sensitivity needed to perform the work correctly, thereby minimizing accidents and casualties among the bees and their colonies.
Faced with the growing threats of climate change, an unlikely group of heroes...READ ON
Faced with the growing threats of climate change, an unlikely group of heroes emerges from the shadows: the bees. With unpredictable seasons and extreme weather phenomena, climate change is redesigning the natural world, posing risks to biodiversity. In the midst of this turbulent scenario, bees stand out as tireless pollinators, and their role in pollinating plants and crops is the foundation of food production that sustains life on Earth.
Beekeeping also faces an environmental challenge. Intensive agriculture and...READ ON
Beekeeping also faces an environmental challenge. Intensive agriculture and the practice of tilling the soil, encouraged by financial benefits, contribute to the degradation of bee habitats. This reduces biodiversity and threatens wild plants, on which bees heavily depend. 4de5
Bees continue to teach us about their resilience and importance to life on Earth.
The bees from the region of Algarve are the most Africanized in the country,...READ ON
The bees from the region of Algarve are the most Africanized in the country, hence their known tendencies to swarm and their high defensibility.
In Portugal, beekeeping is often overshadowed by more privileged agricultural sectors. This lack of recognition and support is starkly contrasted by the situation in neighboring countries like France and Spain, where beekeepers receive direct government assistance.
Interestingly, it's the large agricultural companies, not the beekeepers, that benefit from the "pollination subsidy" for the crucial work bees perform. This surprising revelation underscores the economic challenges faced by beekeepers.
Environmental issues further compound these challenges. Practices such as intensive agriculture and soil plowing, driven by financial incentives, degrade bee habitats and threaten the biodiversity upon which bees depend. Pesticides, like neonicotinoids, disrupt bee behavior, impairing their ability to navigate and pollinate.
Amid these challenges, individuals like Tomás Brito stand out. A professional beekeeper, Tomás embarked on his journey during his studies at the University of Algarve. Today, he navigates the financial and environmental hurdles of beekeeping with unwavering dedication. Tomás emphasizes the disparity in treatment between farmers and beekeepers when it comes to community subsidies. Despite these obstacles, his journey exemplifies a commitment to protecting these vital pollinators and the biodiversity they support.
Bees play a critical role in our ecosystems and food production. Their decline could have a devastating impact on the entire food chain and biodiversity. This underscores the need to reassess how we value these small guardians of the environment and those dedicated to their protection. The silent buzz of bees is an echo of the vitality of nature we all share, deserving our attention and support.