(1.) maximum thresholds for the presence of apitoxic and other persistent chemicals.
(2.) benchmarks for colony and queen health.
(3.) practices for context-appropriate honeycomb production
These are big words, but what do they mean? We promote pollinator health through research, habitat creation, education and outreach, and public-private partnerships. Enhancing and accelerating pollinator-health efforts, and building the support necessary to sustain improvements in pollinator health for generations.
As Pass the Honey, we feel deep concern for the entanglements between the health of our humans, our pollinators and the landscapes in which we rely upon. Regenerative forms of land management directly address these concerns. Our current agricultural systems lack the intuitive processes to support nutrient-dense, high-quality crop yields while providing environmental co-benefits like protecting critical wildlife and pollinator habitats, and mitigating the effects of climate change through multi-faceted carbon sequestration.
The challenge? To discover a way in which each of these individual regenerative efforts synergistically coordinate to describe a higher and shared aim, one that improves the health of our entire planet.
The next steps? Pass the Honey formed a Regenerative Apiculture Working Group bringing together beekeepers, land owners, researchers, honey packers, consumer educators, ecologists and regenerative designers to identify and develop systemic solutions to the interconnected challenges beekeepers and honey bees experience today.
This first ever initiative is a phased effort to establish regenerative honeycomb production on public and private lands in the U.S., supported by research, monitoring and reporting to:
(1.) develop new standards of practice;
(2.) verify honeycomb quality and authenticity;
(3.) document environmental impacts;
(4.) and inform relevant federal policy
Today, pollinators face a variety of challenges, including habitat loss due to development, altered land use patterns, and climate change, as well as exposure to pests, pathogens, pesticides and other stressors. Researchers generally believe that honeybees, like many other pollinators, are adversely impacted by a number of stressors, acting individually and in concert with one another, including habitat loss from development and changes in land use, exposure to arthropod pests, pathogens, and pesticides, in addition to frequent, long-distance transportation of hives. It doesn't have to be this way
Pass the Honey works with an independent 3rd party labs to confirm Pass the Honey meets our high standards. Our 3rd party labs ensure our production partners adhere to our regenerative apiary practices and that the honeycomb we source is solely from approved regions and producers
Through a chemical methodology called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), chemists analyze the ingredients and purity of each honeycomb sample, as well as its molecular structure. NMR is the highest level of food testing available in the world.
Through ongoing analysis, our lab partners guide us as we source new and unique honeycomb from around the globe, while simultaneously ensuring all new producers comply with Pass the Honey's approved regenerative practices.
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