WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. & BELTSVILLE, Md. & LEWISBURG, Pa. & ISTANBUL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the midst of the global epidemic of honey bee colony loss, an American company, Healthy Bees, LLC, is unveiling a scientific breakthrough – BeesVita Plus (www.BeesVitaPlus.com), a nutritional supplement for honey bees that shows signs of bolstering resistance to pesticides, of effectively detoxifying contaminants, strengthening immune systems and improving overall health, according to the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and government and university researchers in five countries, including the United States.
USDA, Three States & Foreign Findings
Preliminary laboratory and field studies from the United States Department of Agriculture, scientists in Argentina, Brazil, Italy and Turkey and from beekeepers in California, Florida, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, were presented at the 45th annual International Apiculture Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
Billions of Bees Dying
Worldwide, billions of honey bees are dying. They are critical to crop pollination and they are the sole source of honey production. According to an array of credible sources, the suspected causes of colony loss are beekeeping practices, climate change, destructive parasites, diseases, pesticides, pollution, stress, viruses and the lack of proper nutrition.
BeesVita Plus is a first-of-its kind, all-natural, organic, anti-oxidant-rich, pre-packaged dietary supplement patty that is placed in honey bee colonies. Honey bees fed BeesVita Plus, opposed to typical sugar water solutions prepared by beekeepers; receive precise amounts of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants that make bees stronger and healthier, according to the company.
World’s Top Beekeeper
“This is the first significant scientific advancement in the treatment of honey bee health since colony loss syndrome began a decade ago; when, suddenly, around the world, masses of bees started dying in record numbers – and they continue dying at faster rates today than in past years,” says Philip McCabe, president of the 115 nation-member International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. “In BeesVita Plus, we now have a scientific formulation that provides us with a fighting chance to combat environmental and man-made forces that are destroying colonies.”
Chairman & CEO
“Around the world and especially in the United States, honey bee colony loss is a pandemic; millions of honey bees are dying,” explains Lee Rosen, Chairman and CEO of West Palm Beach, Florida-based Healthy Bees, LLC, (www.HealthyBeesLLC.com), maker of BeesVita Plus. “No one knows the cause, but clearly nutrition plays an important role.”
Rosen continues, “There are tests showing that BeesVita Plus strengthens the immune systems of honey bees, thereby lessening colony loss.”
The United States Department of Agriculture Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland conducted several tests on BeesVita Plus. This includes a test measuring destructive free radicals in honey bees exposed to pesticide.
Paraquat Pesticide Study
One group was fed a water solution of BeesVita Plus mixed with Paraquat. The other group was given a sugar-water solution mixed with Paraquat.
The results showed, “reduced oxidative potential.” In other words, “Bees fed BeesVita Plus and Paraquat showed signs of efficient resistance against the damaging effects of the pesticide compared to bees fed Paraquat in sugar water only,” according to the lead USDA researcher.
Another USDA study also concluded that BeesVita Plus contained as much as 38 times more anti-oxidants than the leading honey bee feeding solution currently available on the market today.
Toxicity & Trace Tests
Tests on honey bees that consumed BeesVita Plus showed that there were no traces in their systems of pesticides or the formulation itself. This means the bees fed BeesVita Plus were able to detoxify impurities and fully digest and absorb the all-natural formulation without any residue being passed on to the end-consumer in honey and pollen products. A just-released European study showed concerning traces of pesticides in various consumer honey products.
Other Test Results
Tests conducted by Brazil’s Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios concluded that BeesVita Plus increased the overall weight of honey bee hives; indicating weight gain. Fat insulates the body and stores and releases energy.
Beekeepers, worldwide, testing BeesVita Plus report that colony populations stabilized; meaning there were no signs of colony loss.
Others report that queen bees lived longer; indicating a possible overall increase in honey bee longevity.
Beekeepers Losing Hives
“When I started my beekeeping business more than 40 years ago, my honey bees lived for two months, now they don’t even live for two weeks,” says David Hackenberg, Founder & CEO of Hackenberg Apiaries of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and Dade City, Florida. “So, we’ve got to find something that feeds our bees to make them healthy. That’s why I’m experimenting with BeesVita Plus.”
He continues, “Initial indications show that bees are attracted to BeesVita Plus, unlike other feeding products that we have previously tested.”
Hackenberg, co-chairman of the U.S. National Honey Bee Advisory Board, adds, “This is an encouraging and important signal since our bees typically don’t even look at the (man-made) stuff we try to feed them.”
Necessity: Mother of Invention
BeesVita Plus creator, Francesca Del Vecchio, PhD, is a genetic biologist and family farmer. She explains, “I invented BeesVita Plus out of necessity; when bees in the agricultural community where I live in Italy started dying in multitudes.”
Del Vecchio continues, “I am a scientist and so I started looking for answers in my laboratory. The result led me to create the exclusive BeesVita Plus formulation that I am now bringing to the world to help save honey bees.”
Honey Bee Statistics
According to statistics compiled by the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, honey bee colony losses in some countries are as high as 60 percent. The global average is about 20 percent. In the United States, losses range from state-to-state; anywhere from 28 to 59 percent.
Honey bees are crucial to the world’s agriculture industry. Bees pollinate an estimated $15 billion of U.S. crops, ranging from almonds to zucchini, each year, according to USDA.
The worldwide honey bee population is estimated at 83.4 million colonies, according to the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations.
China is the leading honeybee and honey producer in the world with an estimated population of 10 million colonies. Turkey claims to have the second-largest number of colonies at 7.9 million.
According to Bee Culture Magazine, “The United States is ranked in the top 10 for the most honey bee colonies in the world but is the second largest honey producer.”
There are an estimated 200,000 U.S. beekeepers managing about 2.7 million honey bee colonies, according to USDA. A healthy colony contains as many as 60,000 bees, during spring and summer.
Honey bee colony and honey production rankings vary depending on various sources.
The average retail price of American honey in August 2017 was $7.26 per pound compared to $3.83 in August 2006, according to the U.S. National Honey Board.
Colony Losses & Pesticides
The United States has some of the world’s highest colony loss rates, according to Bee Informed, a not-for-profit consortium of U.S. university bee biologists. These staggering losses have resulted in lower yields of certain crops dependent on honey bee pollination and a decrease in honey production and higher honey prices.
Many scientific, environmental and beekeeping organizations contend nicotene-based neonictinoid pesticides are one of the primary culprits of colony loss. These pesticides are effective at killing crop-eating insects and were first believed to be harmless to honey bees. However, increasing evidence indicates that during the pollination process, as bees fly from plant to plant, they are slowly being poisoned.
Neonictinoid pesticides attack the neurological systems of honey bees. They are unable to navigate their return to the hive and die in the field.
Nutrition & Convenience
Many beekeepers, especially during the winter months, when pollen and nectar are non-existent, feed their hives sugar-water or handmade sugar cakes as a replacement, according to Rosen. “These are ineffective carbohydrate mixtures composed of sugar that are void of scientifically-formulated essential nutrients and anti-oxidants found in BeesVitaPlus.”
He emphasizes, “Beekeepers complain they spend excessive time and labor making and serving bee-feed to their colonies. Beekeepers tell us they need an easy-to-use pre-packaged product that provides proper and effective nutrition.”
21st Century Beekeepers
According to the USDA, in 1940, there were more than 6 million beekeepers in the U.S. Now the number is about 200,000.
The USDA says it is developing a program to identify and recruit young people interested in honey bees; assuring there will be a new generation of American beekeepers in the 21st century.
About Healthy Bees, LLC & BeesVita Plus
Headquarters: Miami Beach & West Palm Beach, Florida.
BeesVita Plus is a patent-pending product that requires no special U.S. and many other government approvals because it contains already-evaluated natural elements. It is manufactured and packaged near St. Paul, Minnesota.
The product is sold in pre-packaged 800 gram patties. The product is available in a box of 32 patties, priced at $320.00.
BeesVita Plus is also sold in varying size bags of water-soluble powder-mix.
The consumption rate of each patty varies depending on how many bees are in the hive and how hungry they are. During fall and winter months the consumption rate of each patty increases due to the lack of pollinating and nectar-rich plants close to the colony from which the bees can draw food.