Slow Bees was born on the idea of creating a room for all members of the Slow Food International network that contribute or have contributed to beekeeping projects and opens up to all those who share a good clean approach right and who are not necessarily Beekeepers.
This constellation of people so different on the planet who decide at the same time to talk about big issues so dear to Slow Food, is an example of the biodiversity of women and men who choose to testify their commitment, and to do it through simplicity the Curiosity and the interest that all citizens feed on bees and pollinator insects, without which biodiversity would be denied.
A group of delegated beekeepers from Terra Madre from Italy, the United States, Uganda, Japan, Holland, Canada, Ireland, Indonesia, Germany who contribute or have contributed to beekeeping projects.
Because we write: we feel the need to create an international network of partners, beekeepers, activists that can give more strength to our individual actions in defense of the apoid and pollinators and greater resonance and visibility to the messages that Promote. We think that by doing these actions together on the same day, we could make them more effective and shareable. We are a constellation of people so different that they believe that talking about the world of bees and insect pollinators is the key to observing, learning, measuring and defending biodiversity, traditional knowledge, food and local identities by speaking and They want to highlight the threats of these values through these common actions, aimed at the public.
What we are doing
We have created an informal group and everyone in their territory is trying to involve stakeholders, stimulating where there is already no community birth. We would like this network to have every year more common moments in which to be heard and share initiatives, thus giving the idea of being a unique ' buzzing swarm ' and that on May 20 will become the launching point of this network. The 20th (World Bee Day) may also be a symbolic date because EU Member States will have to rule against EFSA's bee guidance document, an important decision for the fate of pollinators in Europe.
In every member nation of the Slow Bees members you will look for the typical honey plants and plant one for May 20.
The topic discussed is the issue of the large distribution of global fruit and vegetable plants, and the need to provide ' clean pastures ' to bees and pollinator insects. In Many regions of the world this situation is severely compromised by the agro-industry.
This scenario is opposed instead the choice to support (as beekeepers, as consumers) a different practice, that is slow and respectful of cycles and times of nature, well aware that this nature is often less spontaneous and natural because of Global pressure that man implements through irresponsible choices. Climate change also produces effects on fundamental cycles (water, potassium, nitrogen, carbon). The moving temperatures replace or reduce the traditional blooms. The increase in areas cultivated with integrated mono-culture subtracts pasture and biodiversity and increases the concentration of fungicides and phytochemicals by altering the ecosystem.
Thanks to the research of many universities, in support of urban beekeeping experiences in large metropolitan areas of the planet, we can also support the idea that all citizens can be beekeepers insofar as they contribute to providing pasture Cleaned to the apoid insects, of which honeybees are part.
That is why the first initiative of 20 May will be made by the delegates but also by all those who will be involved, as actors of this change.
What are the next steps?
We imagined this action as the moment of "foundation" Slow Bees Network, but we would like to make sure we can promote this initiative in the name of Slow Food, with the consequent use of the brand.
Share the next steps with the international headquarters, understand what can be the organizational and media support from the office.
Have any information to support the plants identified by the delegates, so as to document the choice with a card that shows what impact is manifested in terms of CO2, water consumption, mellifero power.
We consider it useful to find a forum on the Slow Food international social channels to allow, during the course of these actions, that each member can publish in direct their own and allow, however, both fluidity and vision together, to give More emphasis on the idea of being a unique and supportive SLOW HIVE on the planet.