The human population of the United States is over 65 times larger than that of New Zealand, but our bee populations are a very similar size! In New Zealand, there are over 1 million bee colonies, each colony has up to 70,000 bees (meaning up to 70 billion bees in NZ).
The best thing about the NZ bee population is that this number continues to grow; due to NZ’s clean environment and our use of traditional beekeeping practices.
New Zealand’s clean, green environment
New Zealand is covered in lush green forests that are primarily free of human interference, meaning a vast amount of untouched nectar and pollen for the bees to feed on.
This is one of the reasons why all Manukora honey is Non-GMO project verified and Glyphosate residue-free. Fun fact, we are one of only three New Zealand Manuka honey brands in the world to have our honey independently verified as glyphosate residue-free!
We also have extremely strict biosecurity, meaning no bees, bee products, or honey can be imported into our country. This preserves the integrity of our ecosystems and ensures no bee-related diseases can be imported into the country.
Our traditional beekeeping practices
All of our beekeepers operate using the art of traditional beekeeping. This is very different to industrialized beekeeping in so many ways but ultimately is a more sustainable way to manage bees.
Here are some examples of traditional beekeeping practices employed by Manukora beekeepers such as Colin (pictured);
- No overstocking - making sure there is the right amount of bees for the surrounding area so there is ample food (nectar and pollen) supply otherwise the bees are at risk of malnutrition and even starvation.
- Avoid shifting bee colonies / hives as much as possible - keeping the beehives in one place year-round ensures the bees are not disrupted and reduces the possibility of bees getting split from their hives.
- Feed the bees honey, not sugar - we always leave enough honey on the frames inside a hive for the bees to feed from during winter, rather than substituting the honey for cheaper sugar syrup!
We operate under the philosophy that nature is as awesome, as it is generous. We all benefit from nature so we have every reason to give back. That's why we're embarking on a journey to reduce our impact and help nature thrive.
A few more things we are doing to help our environment
- Ensuring that all of our packages are reused where possible. We use rPET plastic and glass jars so that we are not bringing new virgin materials into the mix and make sure these are easily recyclable where possible.
- All of our product labels are made using FSC certified paper with vegetable-based inks and glues
- We have been involved with a native reforestation project where some members of our team went to Northland to plant native species including Manuka, Harakeke (New Zealand flax), Karamu, Cabbage tree and Totara. This method of “riparian tree planting” helps maintain clean water supply from surrounding streams and rivers.
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