‘Bee Biodynamic’ is a homegrown campaign by an environmentally concerned,
Tuscan wine estate, Querciabella, to raise awareness about the urgent need
to save the honeybee.
In 1988 Querciabella began the journey of ‘gentle farming’ practices to help
maintain the natural balance that our planet requires for a sustainable future;
to help preserve the Tuscan terroir; and to protect the honeybee habitats.
Along this path, Querciabella made the decision to pursue a complete transition
to biodynamic agriculture, which was achieved by 2000.
Currently, one of the most urgent environmental concerns is the preservation
of the honeybee, a force of nature that is the backbone of agriculture. In the
past few years, the world has lost a large percentage of the honeybee population.
Recently, the financial crisis has caused a reduction of demand for certain
crops, such as almonds, that place unhealthy expectations on industrial bred
honeybees and many hives have been able to recuperate. But there is still the
unresolved, looming problem of colony collapse disorder (CCD, otherwise
known as the ‘disappearing bees’).
Nicolas Joly, the world famous biodynamic wine producer from the Loire Valley,
observes that “sickness is a sign of imbalance”. A statement that could easily be
applied to the case of the disappearing bees. Although some of the causes of CCD
have already been found, and they relate to specific kinds of pesticides used in
intensive agriculture, there is a lot more work to be done.
A few European countries have started to ban some of the pesticides relating
to CCD. But what we do know is that organic and biodynamic farms have re-
ported fewer or no problems at all with their hives. We also know that honeybees
need nourishment from native plants and flowers, a concept that biodynamic
farming promotes. To help eradicate and prevent CCD, biodynamic farming is
certainly an essential tool, and has been proven over time to support honeybee
populations. So Bee Biodynamic!
Here are some other reasons why everyone should consider turning to organic or
biodynamic farming methods.
1. Keeping our soil alive. The chemicals used in industrial farming methods
destroy the life and structure of the soil, thus causing erosion. Biodynamic
farming is gentle on the soil and allows it to flourish.
2. Nourishing plants with plants. The chemicals used in industrial farming
methods kill plants, thus killing the natural balance of minerals and nutrients
that a variety of plants provide for the soil. Biodynamic farming promotes the
biodiversity needed to help nourish the soil.
3. Protecting our water supply. The chemicals used in industrial farming
methods seap into the underground water supply. Biodynamic farming practices
do not contaminate our water.
4. Protecting the health of living beings. How can something that bears a
“Toxic” label, and needs to be handled with gloves and by wearing a spacesuit
be safe for human consumption? Chemicals in agriculture are dangerous for
people, animals, and the environment. Biodynamic farming encourages life.
5. Supporting your local community. Typically, chemical crops are managed
by large, industrial farm operations. Biodynamic farms tend to be smaller and
more connected to their communities and colleagues, and are more sympathetic
to their local environmental needs.
6. Supporting a sustainable future. Industrial farmers are not worried by
their impact on the future sustainability of the planet. The biodynamic philosophy,
instead, improves the well being of the planet for generations to come.
7. Preserving the true flavor of fruits and vegetables. Industrial produce is
bland. Biodynamic fruits and vegetables, like the ones we remember from our
childhood, are full of flavor.
Querciabella practices a proprietary vegan or cruelty-free approach to
farming methods in all 105 hectares of its Tuscan vineyard holdings, which are
located throughout the Chianti Classico zone and on the southern coast of Maremma.
In the absence of pesticides, synthetic agents and genetically modified plants,
Querciabella’s numerous bee families are able to thrive in a healthy environment,
where they feed off chemical-free plants and over thirty varieties of biodynamic
cover crops. We do not harvest their honey, instead we let them find their own
balance in a healthy, natural environment.
We encourage everyone concerned about the disappearance of the honeybees,
and its potential catastrophic consequences to adopt organic or biodynamic
agricultural standards, and to create bee colonies, allowing them to live a safe
and healthy life.
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