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EARTH

PUREST

Save the bees!

 

A Little About Us

Earths Purest has a wide variety of leaders from vast backgrounds and experiences. Earths Purest leaders understand that it will require a lot of talented and focused experts to get the necessary job done. The leaders are SMEs that share knowledge from supply chains to legal affairs and everything in between. Each is successful in their own craft. More importantly, the leaders are committed to the cause to the end. They are all in! It's truly about the cause and not the money. Giving back to the world, economies, communities, and people is the real vision. Restoring balance with a dying colony is critical to the mission.

 

Key Milestones

Our Timeline

Planning

2015

Christian (Founder) was inspired to search for ways to fix the hive loss/colony collapse disorder.

Creation

2017

SuperForage was created to help strengthen the immune system of bees to fight off pesticide exposure.

Operations

2018

Earths Purest partners with many Master Beekeepers to create a program to eliminate the loss of bees and hives.

Validation

2018

Earths Purest was invited to participate in the breeding of queen bees and PureHives in Maui.

Land Acquisition

2019

Earths Purest opens its first Bee Habitat in Utah.

More Land Acquired

2020

Earths Purest Hawaii opens Bee Habitat in Waimanalo, Hawaii with the Nation of Hawaii.

2020 Earths Purest went global. We have great plans with so many more milestones ahead for all of use to look forward to. Subscribe to be notified of updates.

 

Our Partners

Geocure is the name of our agricultural cooperative. Our co-operative is based on the values of self-help, innovation, preservation of mother earth, and a collective effort to fight all GMO organizations that destroy the organic nature of the planet.

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Geocure Global Hive Cooperative

Geocure is the name of our agricultural cooperative. Our co-operative is based on the values of self-help, innovation, preservation of mother earth, and a collective effort to fight all GMO organizations that destroy the organic nature of the planet.

Academy Of Self-Reliance

There is a freedom that comes with knowing how and being self-reliant. Freedom from ignorance is a new beginning. With that new-found freedom, we can become more than we ever thought possible. We can now envision not only our potential, but our privilege.

OSR Community

OSR is the creation of a path for families to transition from a city lifestyle to a country culture of self-reliance, living in a community of like-minded people.

 
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Supporting Research

Helpful Information

Below are news and articles from various sources that may answer many of your questions. Review some of that the professionals are saying about the bees colony collapse disorder (CCD). Click on the link to view the source and read the entire article. The more we know about this crisis the better we will be at solving it.

 

Why Are Bees Important?

There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States (an estimated 400 additional native bee species remain to be identified in the U.S.). From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Native bees pollinate native plants like cherries, blueberries, and cranberries, and were here long before European honeybees were brought to the country by settlers (honeybees are not native to North America). Honeybees, of course, are well known for pollinating almond and lemon trees, okra, papaya and watermelon plants. But native bees like the blue orchard bees are better and more efficient pollinators of native crops. Native bees are estimated to pollinate 80 percent of flowering plants around the world.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bees of all sorts pollinate approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States, and one out of every four bites of food people take is courtesy of bee pollination. In sum, bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year.

- USGS

Pollinators

Mountain tops and Coastal Dunes - These are perhaps the most vulnerable locations in the United States to climate change in the lower 48 states. Native bees also face challenges due to loss of the plants, from which they gather nectar and pollen, and from introduced diseases and general loss of habitat. Additionally, both Mountain Tops and Dunes contain bees that are only found in these isolated habitats. As regions warm and seas rise these species may be trapped without a place to go.

- USGS

Helping Agricultures Helpful Honeybees

Honey bees are big money makers for U.S. agriculture. These social and hardworking insects produce six hive products – honey, pollen, royal jelly, beeswax, propolis, and venom – all collected and used by people for various nutritional and medicinal purposes.

Honey, of course, is the most well-known and economically important hive product. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, honey bees made a little less than 163 million pounds of honey in 2016. With the cost of honey around $2.08 per pound, that’s a value of a little over $339 million.

After honey, beeswax is the second most important hive product from an economic standpoint. The beeswax trade dates to ancient Greece and Rome, and in Medieval Europe, the substance was a unit of trade for taxes and other purposes. The market remains strong today. Beeswax is popular for making candles and as an ingredient in artists’ materials and in leather and wood polishes. The pharmaceutical industry uses the substance as a binding agent, time-release mechanism, and drug carrier. Beeswax is also one of the most commonly used waxes in cosmetics. The U.S. is a major producer of raw beeswax, as well as a worldwide supplier of refined beeswax.

But the greatest importance of honey bees to agriculture isn’t a product of the hive at all. It’s their work as crop pollinators. This agricultural benefit of honey bees is estimated to be between 10 and 20 times the total value of honey and beeswax. In fact, bee pollination accounts for about $15 billion in added crop value. Honey bees are like flying dollar bills buzzing over U.S. crops.

Unfortunately, a widespread bacterial disease called American foulbrood is destroying entire colonies of honey bees. But fortunately for the honey bees and the many crops that depend on them for pollination, FDA has approved three antibiotics to control this devastating honey bee disease.

- FDA

Why Bees Matter So Much to Humans

The plight of the honey bee is not one that should be taken lightly. In the past few decades, the population of bees in the U.S. has declined steadily by 30 percent each year. At this rate, the days of the bee are becoming … well, literally numbered.

Researchers have grappled with understanding what exactly is causing the decline in the bee population and at the same time, we have been forced to face the reality of what the loss of the bee means for the large, global ecosystem. You see, like many other species, the bee plays a vital role in keeping the balance between other species and their environment. In the case of bees and humans, these little insects are largely responsible for regulating our food supply.

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UN Report: Humans to blame for fallen number of pollinators.

The problem is, pollinators are under threat, and their numbers are falling because of human impact. We are likely losing some species forever, FAO believes, based on available data in the U.S and Europe.

It’s a warning that the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO, highlighted on World Bee Day, which is observed on Monday 20 May.

“It’s really a culmination of factors kind of all coming together, all of which are driven by human activity,” said FAO agriculture officer Abram Bicksler. “So climate change is a factor, habitat loss is a factor, the overuse of pesticides is a big factor, but also there are many diseases and pests that are affecting our pollinators and so when those are taken together, yes, pollinators are really facing a hard time.”

According to FAO, the most popular pollinators are bees, and there are between 25,000 to 30,000 species.

- UN News

Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony collapse disorder (CCD), disorder affecting honeybee colonies that is characterized by sudden colony death, with a lack of healthy adult bees inside the hive. Although the cause is not known, researchers suspect that multiple factors may be involved. The disorder appears to affect the adult bees’ ability to navigate. They leave the hive to find pollen and never return. Honey and pollen are usually present in the hive, and there is often evidence of recent brood rearing. In some cases the queen and a small number of survivor bees may remain in the brood nest. CCD is also characterized by delayed robbing of the honey in the dead colonies by other, healthy bee colonies in the immediate area, as well as slower than normal invasion by common pests, such as wax moths and small hive beetles. The disorder appears to affect only the European honeybee.

- Britannica

United States Environmental Protection Agency. Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony Collapse Disorder is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen. Once thought to pose a major long term threat to bees, reported cases of CCD have declined substantially over the last five years. The number of hives that do not survive over the winter months – the overall indicator for bee health – has maintained an average of about 28.7 percent since 2006-2007  but dropped to 23.1 percent for the 2014-2015 winter. While winter losses remain somewhat high, the number of those losses attributed to CCD has dropped from roughly 60 percent of total hives lost in 2008 to 31.1 percent in 2013; in initial reports for 2014-2015 losses, CCD is not mentioned.

- EPA

Economic Impacts of Colony Collapse Disorder

Randy Rucker, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics in the MSU College of Agriculture, began looking into colony collapse disorder several years ago with colleagues from North Carolina State University and Oregon State University, for the purpose of estimating its economic impacts. The onset of the disorder was an unexpected shock to commercial beekeeping and pollination markets that first received national attention in the winter of 2006-07 when mortality rates were estimated to be almost 30%.

Colony collapse disorder is still a poorly understood phenomenon, wrote Rucker and his co-authors in the paper's introduction. Since its onset, along with other pollinator health issues such as the Varrona mite, which feeds on developing bees, it has caused significant concern among beekeepers and the public.

- Science Daily

Impact of Nutritional Stress on Honeybee Colony Health

Honeybees Apis mellifera are important pollinators of wild plants and commercial crops. For more than a decade, high percentages of honeybee colony losses have been reported worldwide. Nutritional stress due to habitat depletion, infection by different pests and pathogens and pesticide exposure has been proposed as the major causes. In this study we analyzed how nutritional stress affects colony strength and health. Two groups of colonies were set in a Eucalyptus grandis plantation at the beginning of the flowering period (autumn), replicating a natural scenario with a nutritionally poor food source. While both groups of colonies had access to the pollen available in this plantation, one was supplemented with a polyfloral pollen patty during the entire flowering period. In the short-term, colonies under nutritional stress (which consumed mainly E. grandis pollen) showed higher infection level with Nosema spp. and lower brood and adult bee population, compared to supplemented colonies. On the other hand, these supplemented colonies showed higher infection level with RNA viruses although infection levels were low compared to countries were viral infections have negative impacts. Nutritional stress also had long-term colony effects, because bee population did not recover in spring, as in supplemented colonies did. In conclusion, nutritional stress and Nosema spp. infection had a severe impact on colony strength with consequences in both short and long-term.

- Nature

Harvard Gazette. The Bees’ Needs

Story of undergraduates experimenting with bees. Read the full study in the link below.

- Harvard News

Harvard. Study Strengthens Link Between Neonicotonoids And Collapse of Honeybee Colonies.

Boston, MA — Two widely used neonicotinoids—a class of insecticide—appear to significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study replicated a 2012 finding from the same research group that found a link between low doses of imidacloprid and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. The new study also found that low doses of a second neonicotinoid, clothianidin, had the same negative effect.

- Harvard Studies

Wall Street Journal. You’ll Need A lot of Money To Buy That Jar of Honey.

Honey prices are starting to sting.

Global honey prices are at their highest levels in years, due to a new wave of consumer demand for natural sweeteners and declining bee populations that are hampering mass production.

Honey has been used as a sweetener for centuries. But in recent years, it has become popular with people looking for healthier...

- Wall Street Journal

The Death Of Bees

Don't know about the Bee crisis? Watch this video to understand the impact that the Bees have on our world. After watching this video, we hope you will consider a donation to help with our solution to solving this world impacting Bee crisis.

 

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