World Bee Day Initiative has Started

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Almost every day, there is some international observance day. We have an International Day of Peace, International Day of Peace, World Vegetarian Day, World Diabetes Day…

And now is the time to have World Bee Day, which will contribute to the awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping.

Initiative for the World Bee Day is coming from Beekeeping Association in Slovenia.

In April of 2015 the Republic of Slovenia, on the basics of initiative of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, proposes to the United Nations (UN) that the May 20th should be declared as World Bee Day.

According to post on Official Facebook Page the document on the World Bee Day initiative was prepared and transmitted also to EU Council (on 4 May), and in 11 May 2015 in Brussels they hope the EU Council will support them.

Why the May 20th?

On this day Anton Janša was born in 1734, a pioneer of modern beekeeping.

You are probably wondering who the hell is Anton Janša.

He was one of the greatest experts and he embodies the beekeeping in the right form. From World Bee Day Initiative Leaflet (.pdf) you can read that his life and work are described in many beekeeping books, including in The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting (Eva Craine, 1999).

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Why is Important to Have a World Bee Day?

Dejan Židan, MSc, (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food) said:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food recognizes the importance of bees and beekeeping for ensuring food security, as well as preserving the entire ecosystem and natural biodiversity. Therefore, we strive to preserve and protect the bees in our territory and throughout the European Union.

In recent years, at the international level and due to its international activities related to bees and beekeeping, Slovenia has been identified as a country where this field has a special place and receives special care, the Slovenian Government has decided to further upgrade these activities and, at the initiative of Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, to submit a proposal for the proclamation of the World Bee Day within the framework of the United Nations.

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Do you know that:

  • The oldest bee fossil ever found is between 25 to 50 million years.
  • Bee colony (within a year) consumes about 70 kg of honey and 20 – 30 kg of pollen.
  • Bee queen can in 24 hours lay up to 2,000 eggs, which are heavier than she itself.
  • A brooding of the eggs lasts just 10 seconds.
  • Bees live only 40 days (during the year).
  • The bees have to visit 4 million flowers to for just one kilogram of honey.

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Source: www.mkgp.gov.si/en/world_bee_day_initiative/, www.facebook.com/worldbeeday and czs.si/content/wbd

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