News — Sustainability

Bee Informed: Non-Native Mason Bees, Bees: The Unsung Vineyard Hero, and The World's Highest Concentration of Bee Species

Bee Informed: Non-Native Mason Bees, Bees: The Unsung Vineyard Hero, and The World's Highest Concentration of Bee Species

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability. 1. Is This Non-Native Mason Bee an Invasive Species? (Entomology Today, By John P. Roche, Ph.D.) The mason bee Osmia taurus, a native of eastern Asia, was first discovered in the United States in 2002 in Maryland and West Virginia. Once here, its population increased rapidly, and it is now found from Florida to New Hampshire in the eastern U.S. The closely related non-native beeOsmia cornifrons was brought to the U.S. in 1978 to increase pollination in fruit orchards. But unlike...

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The Year of Collaboration

The Year of Collaboration

As winter settles in with the bees nestled safely in their cocoons, we wanted to take this time to share our journey through 2022! As we look back on our favorite moments from the past year, it was easy to pick out the thread that tied them all together — collaboration. We believe that collaboration is essential to tackle the many environmental challenges of today, and we're proud to have had the opportunity to team with so many people, companies, and organizations that are working to protect and restore our pollinator populations, and our planet. Here are a few highlights...

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Bee Informed: The Collapse of Insects, Winter Pollinator Habitat, Habitat Quality and Biodiversity Impact Bee Health, and Vegan Honey

Bee Informed: The Collapse of Insects, Winter Pollinator Habitat, Habitat Quality and Biodiversity Impact Bee Health, and Vegan Honey

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability. 1. "The collapse of insects" (REUTERS) The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble, with recent research suggesting insect populations are declining at an unprecedented rate. As human activities rapidly transform the planet, the global insect population is declining at an unprecedented rate of up to 2% per year. Amid deforestation, pesticide use, artificial light pollution and climate change, these critters are struggling — along with the crops, flowers and other animals that rely on them to...

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Cocoon Comb - The Story Behind the Plastic

Cocoon Comb - The Story Behind the Plastic

Photo: Brown Cocoon Combs nestled in 100% post-consumer plastic pellets from Legacy Plastic, made from end-of-life fishing gear. At Crown Bees, we prioritize sustainability and are working hard to implement changes to reduce our environmental impact. One of our goals for 2022 has been to transition away from single-use plastic and virgin plastic in our packaging and product materials. Notice we didn't say ALL plastic. That's because we recognize that while plastic pollution is a huge problem, plastic itself is a very durable and versatile material and is likely here to stay. Instead of swearing off plastic entirely, we believe...

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