July 2010

We need bees

2010-Jul-27   ::   (0 comments)

Honeybees on water lily

Sebastopol, California. Since the beginning of time, bees have fascinated humankind. Drawings and scriptures tell us about the immense value of honey and wax in ancient times. The earliest picture of honey gatherers from the stone age, from egyptian times or the Minoan cultures of Crete speak about the history of the use of the honeybee, starting in the very distant past.

By pollinating blossoming flowers, honey bees are an indispensable part of our agricultural cultivation. After cattle and pigs, bees are the third-most important animal used for production in Germany, with 80 percent of agricultural plants depending on their pollination. Their economical value is estimated to be around two billion euros a year.

Due to the mysterious mass dying of bees in recent years, people have become aware again of the role of the honey bee. The epidemic dying of honey bees are worrying beekeepers, as whole populations of bees are disappearing due to pests and parasites, called Varroa mites.

This has a dramatic impact on the future of plants that are depending on the pollination by bees. The dying of honey bees therefore has not only an impact on our future, but also on our present, as chemical residues from the pesticides (like Bayvarol and Perizin) used against this pest are threatening our health.

By buying organic honey, you can support bee keepers that handle their bee colonies sustainably, as nature intended and without chemical pesticides. Furthermore, the honey shouldn't be heated to more than 35 degrees Celsius, as by doing so valuable nutrients are lost. All this is also important for the future of the bees, as only a sustainable bee keeping can bring forth healthy, resilient populations of bees.

Click here to get more information about the natural way of producing honey

7thG in German newspaper

2010-Jul-20   ::   (0 comments)

At July 19th, 2010 <em>Süddeutsche Zeitung</em> published a short version of our interview with Stefanie Brendl about shark finning. You will find it here. Unfortunately it's published only in German.

Interview with David Holmgren now online

2010-Jul-17   ::   (0 comments)

Permakultur Design Symbol

Melliodora, Hepburn Springs, Australia. A couple of month ago we visited David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennet. David, a visionary who co-founded the movement of Permaculture, talked to us about the destructive effects of industrialized agriculture, the loss of bio diversity and other problems caused by the continuous population growth in many countries. David's emphasis is on finding solutions to these problems and on the application of the principles of Permaculture to create sustainable habitats for people and nature, where food and shelter can be provided and self-reliance can be achieved, independent from social, geographical or climatic conditions.

In Meliodora, on their homestead, Su and David demonstrate visitors like us, how Permaculture offers solutions by designing landscapes, combining different systems efficiently and sustainably. We get the strong feeling that Permaculture offers the solution to create a human space in harmony with nature to sustain ourselves, that is nourishing and healing for everyone.

"In Permaculture, we try to create the world we want rather than to work against the world we don't want." David Holmgren

Here is the interview.