At 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.
Pass the Honey has partnered with Terra Genesis International to create and manage the world's first Regenerative Honeycomb Initiative
The 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 develop new standards of practice, verify honeycomb quality and authenticity, document environmental impacts, and inform relevant federal policy.
1. Implement scientifically supported regenerative honeycomb quality standards and practices.
Maximum thresholds for the presence of apitoxic and other persistent chemicals
Benchmarks for colony and queen health
Practices for context-appropriate honeycomb production
2. Design monitoring and verification methods for honeycomb quality standards, production practices and yield tracking
3. Study the co-benefits of regenerative honeycomb production.
For native pollinator species with a focus on rare or endangered species
For functional biodiversity (vegetation)
For climate change mitigation in the form of soil and biomass carbon sequestration
4. Restore or enhance 7 million acres of land in the next 15 years.
The Regenerative Honeycomb Initiative relies on establishing the highest value partnerships early on in order to achieve project success. The previous study identified three core classes of project partners necessary to bring this project to fruition. Those are multi-thousandacre landowners, research and advocacy partners, and honey producers. These relationships will likely be unique to the context of each pilot project and specific to the region, ecology, and project needs.
Research and advocacy partners are organizations with complementary aims of developing ecologically and economically healthy landscapes through research, education, funding and/or advocacy. The support of academic institutions conducting research into pollinator health, independent research organizations, labs testing quality of honey, food policy experts and authenticity certifiers will be critical in establishing long-term monitoring programs. From helping to fund the work, design the trials and methods, implement the research protocols, and monitor the on-going success of the project, a diversity of project partners will be critical to every step of the initiative.
Landowning partners are owners and managers of large landscapes (multithousand-acre) and have some recognized alignment with the values and goals of this initiative. Subsequent sections will outline the ideal environmental and management conditions required for the success of this initiative. These criteria will inform the desired locations and landscape types that we are looking for when collaborating with landowning partners. Landowners may include farmers or farm owners, timber companies, and governmental land management agencies.
The honey partners are beekeeping and apiarist professionals who can assist in setting up the unique production systems for each context in a way that aligns with the land and land management strategies and the research requirements. Some examples include leading edge Apis mellifera rewilding companies, nationally experienced bee keeping and research companies, and others who have experience contextually appropriate to the land and land management goals.
Each subscribing customer in our Pass the Honey community is making an essential contribution that propels our ability to see the Regenerative Honeycomb Initiative through. We value each of you greatly, and feel confident that in combination with long term planetary benefits, the quality, taste, and health benefits honeycomb can provide you are well worth your investment!