Farming harms bees? These farmers show that there is another way 2

Farming harms bees? These farmers show that there is another way

"#Beebetter Award" Winners: Breeding Harms to Bees? These farmers show that there is another way

Thursday, November 7th 2019, 5:24 pm

A lot of our food would not exist without bees. Particularly harmful to them are certain pesticides, but also the lack of flower meadows. FOCUS Online presents four innovative bee rescue projects, which have just received the #beebetter Award.

Project 1: "Flower Alba" – Bee Farmers

Agriculture is believed to be partly responsible for the death of bees through intensive farming and the use of insect repellent. The 'Alba bloom' project of farmers in the Swabian Alba wants to show that even farmers are seeking insect protection.

Participating farmers voluntarily supply part of the arable land in the form of flower strips. The flower strips are interconnected so that the bees, butterflies and bugs that live there have a large, uninterrupted area – more than 14 football fields, at their own expense.

The project has just received the #beebetter Award in the agricultural category in Berlin. The award is part of the national initiative and information campaign "#beebetter" launched by Burda Home * media group in the spring. The partners are WWF Germany's nature conservation organization, as well as Neudorff and Lidl.

More information about the project can be found here.

Project 2: "The flourishing grain": Organic flour and protection of bees

The "#beebetter" award in the company category went to the Blütenkorn project, which produces sustainable flour while creating habitat for wild bees. Meanwhile 18 Baden-Württemberg agricultural companies united. In addition, a mill, several beekeepers and the University of Hohenheim and the University of Weihenstephan-Triesdorf are included.

Betriebsgemeinschaft Neuhof is currently growing mesh flower strips on 450 hectares of cereal growing area. By setting up a hotel with wild bees right next to the cereal fields with flowering cereals, bees and insects provide nesting and wintering opportunities. There are other measures of species protection, such as the conservation of stony and dead trees, the care of flowering trees, primarily orchards, open earthen mounds of wild bees, or the placement of shallows by predators for natural field mitigation.

Insecticides are not used in the cultivation of flower cereals, and other crop protection has been integrated and implemented to reduce it. The value chain is regional with short traffic routes.

More information about the project can be found here.

Project 3: Flower meadows for bees in Osnabrück district

The "Blumiges Melle" and "Blumiger Landkreis Osnabrück" volunteer projects won the "Private Initiatives and Commitment" category. Since 2017, flower meadows have been created in the southern Osnabrück district and aids for nesting wild bees have been installed. Flower meadows are an ideal refuge for insects.

The areas are cultivated with careful mowing and natural grazing of sheep and goats. On the project website, manufacturers explain how to create a flower meadow on their own.

More information about the project can be found here.

Project 4: "Fidibus e.V." – Kindergarten children run their own apiary

The "#beebetter Award" in the Youth and Education category goes to Bremer Elternverein "Fidibus e.V.". The club was founded in 2018 and has set up its own nursery and set up a wild bee garden with raised beds, plant spiral, hedgerows, fruit trees and wild bee meadow.

In 2019, the club expanded on its commitments to another conspiracy, administered once a week by children. The group sells self-made bee products such as honey, jams, cough syrups, lip balms and the like through a kindergarten company – on its own account, to convince the original skeptical neighbors of how important the bees are to humans.

More information about the project can be found here.

Project 4: Cemeteries as a niche for insects

Cemeteries as an ecological niche? The theme at first sounds convoluted, but in fact it is the case that hedges, preferably planted in cemeteries, are not usually bees. Cemeteries at the same time have their main function as a refuge for animals and plants – in some densely built cities, they are the only green spaces next to the parks.

The BUND Niedersachsen environmental organization has recognized this niche and is working with four cemeteries to increase biodiversity in city cemeteries. For example, these cemeteries are home to native plants and sites specific to improving the living conditions of insects. In addition, BUND offers field trips, training courses, fortification courses and information material for the wild bee world. The Niche Ecological Cemetery project has now received the #beebetter award in the Public Institutions and Large Groups category.

More information about the project can be found here.

Enjoy the Christmas season in good conscience

What happens to the cash prize?

#Beebetter Award is associated with cash prizes of approximately € 130,000. The prize money will largely go to projects to protect especially endangered wild bees.

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