A little bit about a big organization doing great work
Rob McFarland (Beekeeper/HoneyLove Co-Founder) is a creative director / social media strategist, and organic gardener.
Chelsea McFarland (Beekeeper’s Wife/HoneyLove Co-Founder) is a video editor, a vegetarian, and a blues dancer.
- Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops.
- 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.
- The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.
- Honey is the only food that does not spoil (bacteria can’t grow in it, and because of it’s low moisture content and low pH – honey can last indefinitely).
- Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
- The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
- Man’s first alcoholic beverage, mead, is a wine made with honey.
- Bees fly a few tenths of a mile up to 6 miles to gather nectar.
- Bees leave the hive 15 times per day and visit around 100 flowers each time – that’s 1,500 flowers a day!
- Bees can collect up to 4-5 pounds of nectar each day.
- 4 pounds of nectar = 1 pound of honey
- 8 pounds of nectar = 1 pound of beeswax
- 1 lb of honey = visiting two million flowers and flying 55,000 miles.
- The average worker bee produces about 1/12th tsp of honey in her lifetime.
- The 6 sided hex shape of honeycomb is the strongest shape per material weight.
- Bees can not see the color red (it looks green to them), but they can detect ultraviolet reflectance.
- Americans consume about 1.31 pounds of honey per person annually.