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Shangri-La gets a buzz from honey harvest

March 13, 2014 11:03 am Category: Australia & New Zealand, Biodiversity, Food, Latest News, Sustainability A+ / A-
Traders Hotel celebrate their first honey harvest

Traders Hotel celebrate their first honey harvest

Brisbane’s Traders Hotel by Shangri-La in the Australian state of Queensland has successfully harvested their first production of honey from 60,000 bees, part of a social responsibility initiative to help the falling bee population, and educate travellers and guests about the vital role bees play in food production.

Traders Hotel became involved with the Bee One Third program last year. Around 35,000 bees on the sixth floor of the hotel kicked off the program. Bee numbers have since increased to approximately 60,000.

“I didn’t know the importance of the bees until this came to our attention,” said Traders Hotel marketing director Paul McMurray in the Brisbane Times.

“But really it comes down to the idea that without bees, there’s no food, and without food, there’s no us,” he said.

At the ceremony to mark the hotel’s first honey harvest, Jack Stone, an apiarist from the Bee One Third organisation spoke to guests about the importance of bees in food sustainability.

“Traders contacted me, saying we love your project, what we read about the plight of the honey bee across the globe and we want to contribute,” said Mr Stone in the news report.

“We met a couple of times and we were able to get 60,000 pollinators on level six of Traders.”

According to the Bee One Third website, bees pollinate over one third of the global food supply, including fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Without the vital pollination work of bees, these foods are unable to reproduce.

Bee numbers have been declining in recent years due to human population growth and the increased use of pesticides. The Brisbane-based group encourages and supports urban dwellings to re-home wild colonies of bees into hives within the city.

Traders Hotel, which is ideally situated for bees to pollinate the nearby parklands, has named the new honey project, “High Honey, I’m Home”.

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