We are concerned about bees protection, as well as environment, health and natural foods. 

The European honeybee, or Apis mellifera, is used for commercial honey production and by a global 

pollination industry worth up to 100 billion dollars. Without it we would lose a third of the world’s food supply. 

But honeybees are under threat from all directions. Industrial agriculture and habitat destruction have 

taken a toll and the other threat is also come from some diseases and mites. We have to take actions and 

pay more attentions to bee protection which is also the protection of human beings.


                                             Bees and their role in forest livelihoods

                                                                                                                        By Jan Heino


      The role of bees in sustaining forests and forest dependent livelihoods remains poorly known and

      appreciated. Bees are a fantastic world resource: they are essential for sustaining our environment
            because they pollinate flowering plants. Bees sustain our agriculture by pollinating crops and thereby
            increasing yields of seeds and fruits.

      The product that most people first associate with bees is honey, although beekeeping generates much
            more than just honey: the maintenance of biodiversity and pollination of crops are perhaps the most
            valuable services provided by bees. Honey is just one of several different products that can be
            harvested: others are beeswax, pollen and propolis, royal jelly and venom, and the use of bees in
            apitherapy, which is medicine using bee products.

       Bees and beekeeping contribute to peoples’ livelihoods in almost every country on earth. Honey and
            the other products obtained from bees have long been known by every society. The diversity in bee
            species, their uses and in beekeeping practices varies greatly between regions. In many parts of the
            world, significant volumes of honey are today still obtained by plundering wild colonies of bees, while
            elsewhere beekeeping is practised by highly skilled people. Honey hunting of wild bee colonies still
            remains an important part of the livelihoods of forest dependent peoples in many developing countries.

      Today, apiculture plays a valuable part in rural livelihoods worldwide, and this book aims to provide
            an insight into the many ways in which bees and beekeeping contribute to these livelihoods, and how
            to strengthen this contribution. While the rationale for the sustainable use of tree resources is widely
            appreciated, by contrast the sustainable use of bee resources is poorly promoted and appreciated. 

      Rural people in every developing country are keeping bees or harvesting from them in one way or another.

                                                                                        Edited by Andrew Zhang for Bee Protection

                                                                                  Ecopro China Group Inc.