Beekeepers trade charges in the UK

An ongoing dispute among beekeepers in the UK has boiled over again.

Phil Chandler, an advocate of topbar hives and what he calls a more natural form of beekeeping, has been at odds with the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) for a number of reasons, most recently because of what he terms a “secret” deal between the BBKA and medications companies Bayer and Syngenta.

Now the association has struck back with an editorial by the former BBKA president which has taken Chandler to task for what he calls a churlish email that “condemned Syngenta… for announcing a major investment in research into the declining population of honeybees. It is better that Syngenta does not further research the possible role of its own pesticides. Others are independently.”

The president condemns Chandler and his organization, Friends of the Bees, as wanting “to deprive bees of the treatments and medicines they need to help them overcome the pests and pathogens that modern trade and transport have spread around.”

And further, “The exposed hatred in the email for the entire agrochemical industry shows that the core concerns of the writer are more political to the point of religion than apicultural.”

Chandler doesn’t taken the editorial silently:

Well, Glyn, it’s hard for me to show any respect for an industry that has done so much damage to the planet, its people and its animals. And religion is not something I suffer from.
I take it as a sign that we are having an impact on people’s thinking about bees in the context of our toxic agricultural system when someone with such a big axe to grind starts attacking us in public – and simultaneously exposes his own prejudices and ignorance.
Being savaged by a dead sheep comes to mind.

BCBA Christmas dinner

The Blount County Beekeepers Association annual Christmas Dinner will be Monday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2349 Mentor Road, Louisville.

The ladies of the church are preparing a meal which includes beverages and dessert. The cost is $14 per person (prepaid please), and seating is limited, so please call Dale to make your reservations ASAP.

Directions to the church: Directions from 129/Louisville Road– Drive Northwest on Louisville Road 3.1 miles and turn right onto Mentor Road
at Shell station on corner of Miser Station and Mentor. Go 1.4 miles to Immanuel United Methodist Church on the right.

Sunflowers and beekeeping in Africa

FarmAfrica has produced this interesting 8-minute video about African farmers who raise sunflowers and keep bees. They extract the oil from the sunflower seeds, feed the remains of the sunflower to cattle as fodder and, of course, extract the honey.


Bees on a frame

Welcome to the web site of the Blount County Beekeepers Association in Maryville, Tennessee.

This site will tell you a little about the association and how to become a member. It will also tell you a little about beekeeping.

Bees are an important part of our environment and particularly our agricultural system. They are also fascinating creatures.

We hope you will be interested enough to join us at some point, even if you’re not interested in keeping bees. There are lots of ways you can join in with what we do.

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