South Island bee keeper launches new initiative to help save bees

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 Jan 2020, 11:11AM
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South Island bee keeper launches new initiative to help save bees

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 Jan 2020, 11:11AM

A South Island bee keeper hopes a new initiative will one day spread beyond our shores.

Bee the Change founder, Neal McAloon, has sponsors behind his bee colonies - placing them in public places across Arthur's Point in a bid to grow environmental education and pollination initiatives in local communities.

He says in the next five-years, they want to grow strong enough apiaries to seed bees in disaster areas around the world.

"There are places in China where people are pollinating fruit trees with paint brushes by hand, because they don't have any bees.

He says hospitality businesses need to know where their food sources come from.

"People can help bees out by choosing not to spray and leaving a wild patch of flowers to grow."

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