The honeybee situation in many locations globally is currently at a critical stage.
This has a direct and dire impact on our food supply and on our well being.
A partial list of bee pollinated crops is included elsewhere in this document.
Summersonghoneybeeology has developed new technology to
successfully address this issue.
Honeybees have been around since the beginning of time.
Mankind has made two technological innovations in its relationship with honeybees. In the year nine, and in the late 1800s.
Honeybees are dying because of an outdated way of treating them,
the growing level of toxicity in the environment, the lack of efficiency
in current honeybee-keeping methodologies and a lack of concern
for and understanding of honeybee well-being.
The history of the honeybee and the history of humanity are inextricably linked.
The honeybee is a benevolent ally in our existence.
The honeybee’s survival is threatened; so too is ours.
Think of the canary in the coal mine.
To quote Charles Dickens, who wrote of America in 1842: “…I do fear
that the heaviest blow ever dealt at liberty, will be dealt by this country,
in the failure of its example to the earth.”
As of February 2008, the USA was ranked 39th in the world
in environmental effectiveness.
The obligation is clear, the pathway is open, the need is dire,
the alternatives are unpleasant, the opportunity is here.
What is needed is participation and investment.
All current honeybee technologies, devices, processes, methods, treatments, regulations and philosophies: are directly attached to and a result of;
a lack of understanding of the difference between the way things are done,
and what is optimum for the honeybees, from the viewpoint of a honeybee,
and ultimately for our benefit as a species.
Because we have the ability to discern this difference and properly adapt
mechanisms to the service of optimum honeybee life, our technology is indeed
the third innovation in the history of honeybee-human relationship.
Our breakthrough innovations: which address the current and growing
agricultural pollination crisis and the problem of a weakened and unbalanced commercial honeybee species; include new types of honeybee modules (beehives), new treatments for honeybee diseases and parasites, the ability to sort and treat individual honeybees, new ways of collecting and processing honey and royal jelly, new ways of cross breeding and propagating honeybee species and new methods of hive protection.
There will be 3 basic types of honeybee modules. The first and largest is for outdoor commercial use. The 2nd is for use in stationary or contained environments. The third will be scaled for residential use.
They are the same in design, materials, complexity and honeybee services.
They differ in size, shape, types of movement potential, and systems feedback. Purposeful variations are possible, including observation hives.
The radical differences between the Langstroth historical methodology
of honeybeekeeping and SUMMERSONGHONEYBEEOLOGY
are: size, shape, weight, portability, methods of operation, placement, inspection, observation, electromagnetic permeability, acoustical protection, thermal regulation, disease control and harvesting of “hive products”.
Proprietary permanent attraction and retention bait, for the creation and stable maintenance of commercial megacolonys of honeybees, will be applied during
the quality control inspection phase of the production of each specialty hive to maximize occupancy and resist swarming.
Our honeybee colonys can maintain vigor through the winter.
The numbers of early pollinators will increase each year,
as will the density of the hive.
Honeybee modules will be fully energy independent and will have a
full range of systems checks and safety and security features.
They will be designed to protect both the honeybeekeeping module
and the investment from predators.
Honeybee modules will be deployable by or from trucks, waterborne platforms
like the ones that were used by the ancient Egyptians on the Nile River,
air transport or towing. Honeybee modules can be variously modified
for more extreme site situations.
Now is the time to co-create a new renaissance by participating in the third technological breakthrough in the long history that the beneficent honeybee shares with humankind.
The development of the
Better Bee Palace for Pampered Bees– Habitat for Bee-manity
honeybee accommodation modules is the first stage of a larger project.
Participating beekeepers will receive training and education in honeybee
appreciation, etiquette, and honeybee-concierge behavior.
The prototype modules will need to be populated with bees.
In order to feed the bees in the prototype modules and test hive functionality
in a controlled environment, we will need to simultaneously begin development
of the hydroponic apiary as a small bee feeding station.
Second Stage: Hydroponic Apiary Expansion
The creation of a state-of-the-art hydroponic honeybee breeding,
honeybee-feeding and specialty honey, fruit, nut, herb and flower
producing crop facility will include and/or facilitate:
Laboratory quality restrictive control for queen honeybee breeding.
Import of honeybees and related bee materials.
The production of a new, vigorous, and non-aggressive species
for scientific study and breeding.
The prototyping of proprietary devices for sorting honeybees individually
and treating them for diseases and parasites.
Distribution of our mono-floral specialty and medicinal honeys,
pollen and other natural products at unparalleled standards of hygiene
and quality that are focused on human cellular rejuvenation.
Underground hydroponic silo orchards and multilevel gardens
with mobile honeybee modules.
Potential distribution of outdoor wild honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax, honeybees and queens acquired through swarm and wild hive capture.
Africanized (killer) bee and wild honeybee hive and swarm capture and removal.
Africanized bee aggression modification products to encourage docility.
Robotic honeybeekeeping and product harvesting.
Robotic pollination and pollen and royal jelly collection.
The Hydroponic Apiary will be partially below ground and will be powered by geothermal means because, beyond the possibility of energy independence,
there are other benefits to this project from this approach.
Maturation of the hydroponic apiary and its systems, through
quality control adjustments, will allow the distribution of the
hydroponic apiary franchise globally.
We can demonstrate the possibilities for unprecedented well-being
and ecological balance within the proposed unique hydroponic
apiary garden environment.
The realization of this broadly scoped vision
rejuvenation of the harmony between honeybees and people
will implicitly allow a new level of health, food experience,
longevity and natural enjoyment on Earth.
With the beekeeping modules as an example,
it’s time now to allow the world to see the potential
of science interacting with nature.
In nature, engineering is minimilistic.
Simplicity is beauty and efficiency.
Perfection is achieved when there is nothing left that can be removed
within enduring and effective functionality.
Partial list of Bee Pollinated Crops
FORAGE AND LEGUME: Alfalfa, Buckwheat Clover (numerous varieties),
Sweet clover (numerous varieties), Lespedeza (bush), Trefoil, Vetches
FRUIT CROPS: Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Berry (blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, gooseberry, huckleberry, raspberry, strawberry), Carambolo, Cherry, Citron, Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, nectarine, pummelo, tangelo, tangerine), Currants, Dewberry, Jujube, Kiwi, Litchi, Mango, Muskmelons (cantaloupe, casaba, Crenshaw, honeyball, honeydew, persian melon), Passion Fruit, Peach, Pears, Persimmon,
Plum, Prune, Tomato, Watermelon
VEGETABLE CROPS: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chayote, Chicory, Chinese cabbage, Collards, Cucumber, Dill, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lima beans, Mustard, Onion, Parsley, Pepper, Pimento, Pumpkin, Radish, Rutabaga, Sapote, Squash, Turnip
NUT CROPS: Almond, Cacao, Cashew, Chestnut, Coconut,
Coffee, Kola nut, Macadamia
OILSEED CROPS: Cotton, Rape, Safflower, Soybeans, Sunflower, Tong
HERBS/SPICES: Anise, Allspice, Chives, Cinnamon, Coriander,
Fennel, Lavender, Mint, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oregano
OTHER: Berseem, Cider milk vetch, Cut flower seeds, Longan,
Lotus, Niger, Quinine, Sainfoin
NOTE: HONEYBEES POLLINATE MANY WILD PLANTS AS WELL
The potential for beekeeping and other inventions to emerge, correspondent with our evolving state of awareness and caring for the earth, is unlimited.