Have YOU Seen Buzz?

Well, Canada hasn’t.

Recently General Mills has started an event in Canada in order to raise awareness that bee populations are declining. They hope that the white silhouette of Buzz will peek the interest in consumers to look up the website published on the box for a chance to enter a $5,000 wildflower garden make-over. Everyone who enters will be sent a package of seeds and then entered in for a chance to win the gardening grand-prize previously mentioned. This is the way General Mills is aiding in the conservation of bees. Hopefully they will keep in mind that mono-culture is another stress factor for bees and makes it harder for them to live healthy lives.

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Find Out Why The Bees Are Buzzin’ Around Mt. Hood Community College!

April showers bring May flowers and they also bring the opening of farmers markets. This is a new event we wanted to let everyone know and we wanted to mention that there are some changes in some of the market locations. The Gresham Saturday Market has moved and is no longer at the intersection of Burnside St. and Eastman Parkway; but is now located at Mt. Hood Community College at the intersection of Stark and SW 257th Ave also know as NE Kane Drive. This new location will open up new opportunities for more vendors. Giving everyone more choices of produce, food, and fun. We all hope this will also bring new people to the market. We are really looking forward to the opening April 16, 2016; when we will be able to see our friends and meet some new ones.

Looking Forward to Spring of 2016!!

Get those warm weather clothes out of storage and into your closet! It’s April 6th and the temperature got to 85 degrees today, we here at MoreBees are so excited! Spring is here, and Winter is swiftly leaving. That means that it is almost time for farmers markets and really cool events for the season. I can hardly wait to see all of the people I have gotten to know from the events we’ve work at. I am also looking forward to meeting new people; so tell your friends and relatives about us. We have been working on a few neat things for everyone; but no worries, we still have the classic products people love. Yes! That wonderful soap that is gentle and lathers so nice comes in new scents. Don’t forget to check out our original flavors of lip balms such as: cherry, vanilla, strawberry, orange, double mint, unflavored, and a few new flavors, too. Be sure you don’t miss out on our solid lotions and sugar scrubs, but that is not all! I really want to tell you about the new things we will have but I don’t have the time. So, will have to come by our booths and check out what is new. Look on our calendar for dates, times and directions to our local events. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget to like us on facebook for updates on recent events and places that we will be.

 

3 Hot Summer Events With MoreBees!!

We have updated three more events for this coming summer on our facebook page. These are in addition to the farmers markets we are already at and the stores that carry our products. They are A Taste of Parkrose, The Montavilla Street Fair, and the Division and Clinton Street Fair. Just click the link MoreBees facebook to see and don’t forget to like and follow our page.

Spring Into Action!! With Bee Keeping!

People often ask me or tell me they would like to start keeping bees; the first thing I tell them about is timing. March, April or May is the best time of the year to start in beekeeping, because you get the chance to study the bees and learn until winter and the bees also need the time to build up the hive and supply. The other suggestion I always give is to find a mentor; someone who is an experienced beekeeper and will spend some time with you through out the year. This is important when you first start as bees are easily startled and you will have a lot to learn; like how to check your bees, what to look for, even how to put on the bee keeping gear. Later you will learn more about the bee’s natural cycles and how you have to work with this cycle to help the bees. I found a great article in Green Living spring 2016 issue 32. It is titled How to Start Beekeeping: What’s All The Buzz About? By Hannah Kincaid. The best news is it is a free publication and you can check their website for a convenient location to pick up a copy at Green Living Journal.

Dangerous and Illegal, Learn Why 27 European Countries Ban Chinese Honey

Thank you for coming by and reading another post by us at MoreBees; we appreciate the time and effort. We want to not only sell you great products that are made locally but also inform you of interesting topics. This time around; another serious problems relating to bees has come to our attention. Chinese Honey; the dangers of Chinese honey and whether or not out trusted brands are now using Chinese Honey and why they would endanger the population.

First off; what is Chinese Honey? That is simple, it is honey from China. Next; If it is just honey from China, then what is the problem and why is it banned in over 27 countries in Europe? First is the illegal antibiotics used to treat the bees; about 2001 Chinese Beekeepers noticed a bacteria epidemic of Foul Brood Disease sweeping through the hives and killing millions of bees. Foulbrood is a disease that infects larva before the capped stage of their life and kills them; either by drying them out or melting them. Instead of taking appropriate measures to deal with this the Chinese Beekeepers used several Indian made animal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol. Chloramphenicol has caused major genetic damage in children and increased chances of Leukemia by decreasing white blood cell count. Medical researchers also found that children given chloramphenicol as an antibiotic are susceptible to DNA damage and carcinogenicity. And now small traces of chloramphenicol can be found in their honey.

Next reason Chinese Honey is dangerous and why it is banned; due to improper containment Chinese Honey has been contaminated by Lead and other harsh metals from the metal drums they seal the honey in. Experts have tested 326 drums of Chinese Honey back in 2010 and had found 23% of the containing harmful levels of lead and at least two kinds of antibiotics in the honey. This is very serious considering the US only makes 48% of its own honey; the other 52% is imported from 41 other countries including Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. China being one of many who have been banned is still smuggling over their cheap and hazardous honey. It has been found that 60% of what we imported has been Chinese Honey; approximately 123 million pounds, that came from the laundering points all throughout Asia. This includes 45 million pounds coming straight from India.

How are we still getting this honey if we banned it from our borders? The Chinese ship out millions of pounds of their honey to other countries that we still import honey from. The countries helping the Chinese re-label the honey as their own and shipping it over. They also have repainted their barrels from blue to green (blue being the usual color Chinese Honey came in) and made fake paperwork and labels to “authenticate” the honey as coming from other suppliers than China. The Russian Honey Federation have even flagged the Chinese for labeling their honey as Russian honey and bringing it over. Labs using pollen detectors to scan the honey for what flower pollens are in the honey; thus helping identify where the honey comes from.

So what’s the problem? We know the how to identify it, we have all the means, then what is the problem? Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Border control are looking for these honey launders, so what is left? Well; that is the FDA, who has all the know-how and capabilities but deems honey laundering as “not a priority”.

How can you keep possibly contaminated honey out of your house? Buy local is the safest way; but if you still want to buy your honey from the supermarket keep in mind 1 in 3 Americans has bought this contaminated honey. Many brands of cereal are also using Chinese honey in processing their cereal either because they know and bought it from illegal sources because it was cheaper or their sources have fooled them. So, be careful and do your research, Chinese honey can be very dangerous.

 

Thank you for reading;

MoreBees

We would like to thank and acknowledge these sites as references for all the material that you have read.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/honey-laundering/#.VbFRm-lRFpM

http://www.extension.org/pages/23693/european-foulbrood:-a-bacterial-disease-affecting-honey-bee-brood#.VbFlC-lRF1s

http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/disorders/bacterial.html

http://www.drugs.com/cdi/chloramphenicol.html

 

Three Things You Want to Know About Chip Cards

There is a lot of confusion about the new credit card we will all be receiving. These are the chip cards. To increase security the banks are issuing cards with an integrated circuit embedded in the card. This card will be slid Into a reader, not swiped as we do with the current card. This is great that it will tell the merchant that the card is a genuine credit card. It does not help the merchant knowing if the individual is the authorized user of the card.
In Europe there is another security feature. One that is common to all of us that have debit cards; that is a pin number. A simple code that only the authorized user would know. So why aren’t our banks using this added security feature?
I have heard many possible reasons. #1 It would be hard to implement. Well most banks already have the equipment for pins. Just look they use it on debit cards. #2 customers don’t want to have another pin to learn. Well yes that is true, but when given the choice most people would pick the safety and security the pin adds to their account. #3 The pin really does not add much security to your credit card. That is just not true. If you loose your card or worse yet, your card is stolen. With out the pin the card can only be used over the phone or online. This really reduces the immediate reward for someone stealing your credit card.
So why don’t the banks want to add the pin? I don’t know for sure, but I can make a guest. I think it is because of debit cards. They are out there and the banks have been trying to distinguish the benefits of the credit card. It is easier, it is faster,they are guaranteed. The reality is the banks make more money on a credit card than on a debit card. If people start seeing them as equal, the banks stand to loose a lot of money. I guess it is more than they will loose to theft, or is it? Credit card theft is rising, that is why they have to move to the chip cards. I think soon we will all be using pins on credit card

The best place to be on August 1st.

Soulful Giving Blanket Concert

Where should I be on August 1st? Well August 1st is the day of the 5th annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert, and that’s where you should be. The Soulful Giving Blanket Concert is an event held on the picturesque Yoshida Estate, along the Sandy River in Gresham Oregon. It’s a benefit concert to help pediatric cancer research, care and treatment within the local region. The event is a whole lot of fun going from 11:00 am to 9:00pm for person 21 years of age and up. The affair provides a shuttle service from Mount Hood Community College to the Yoshida Estate, which has very limited parking. The concert features the best of the best, such as Portland Soul All-Stars, Ants in the Kitchen, Paul Creighton Band, and Patrick Lamb. A meal is included with your ticket, and you will have a choice between some of the finest restaurants in Portland. There will great music, and samples of foods from 16 of Portland’s finest restaurants, as well as food concessions, and offerings from over 30 artisan vendors.

It is a great day of fun with the weather usually being quite nice out. The idea behind the blanket concert is that persons can bring their blankets to lay on the grass while enjoying the festivities that are provided. Honestly, it is a blast. Even local wines and brewers are present all for the great cause of defeating cancer. So if you have that day open in your calendar, check it out, you won’t regret it.

100% of the proceeds collected will be donated to Providence Cancer Research Center and Randall Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit http://www.soulfulgiving.org/home .

Who’s this ‘Beekeeper’ guy and why is he blogging?

So who’s this ‘Beekeeper’ guy and why is he blogging?Mostly, the blog is to share information…

…with people interested in the environment.

…with people interested in Portlandia and the Great NorthWest.

…with people interested in More Bees bath & body products.

In this blog; I’ll be keeping you updated on local events, fun things to do, and hidden treasures, information about bees, honey, and things we can all do to help the bees, and interesting tidbits about the environment and our health. I’ll be posting at least once a week, and more often as time allows. My main reason for blogging is that I’m really looking forward to getting to know you along the way.

Who is the Beekeeper? Well, that’s me; Ronald Lilienthal, I started keeping bees because I was alarmed when I heard about colony collapse disorder, where whole hives of bees were mysteriously disappearing. I was alarmed because so much of our food comes directly and indirectly through the actions of the bee. I bought my first hive and built them a home to offer what I could toward their recovery, and my goal has and always will be always be to keep wild honeybee populations viable.

Here we are several years later; the hives have multiplied a bit as the colonies have grown and as wild hives in distress (In people’s houses, mailboxes, and other places they shouldn’t be), and swarming bees looking for a new home have been given shelter. Stay tuned for more stories on rescuing swarms and the More Bees beginnings. We are a business that has grown tremendously as we’ve learned to create and share our line of bath and body products based on beeswax and honey; including handmade artisan soaps, lotions, scrubs, and balms.

Well, that about covers it for now.

I look forward to your comments on posts as they’re written and being part of ongoing conversations. I only ask that comments stay with the given topic to avoid clutter as I’d hate for your time to be taken up weeding through side conversations while you read up on your favorite subjects. Any questions, thoughts, or ideas that you’re willing to share not related to the blog at hand are welcomed at our Contact Us page. We can also always be reached at info@morebees.com .

Thank you for sharing your time with us.