Sustainability of Mead / Honey Wine

There simply is not a more sustainable beverage on Earth than honey wine. No uprooted and fragmented landscapes to plant grape vines, no irrigation, no pesticides, no smoke belching tractors - quite the opposite! Honey production pollinates flowers - creating vibrant food crops so we can eat. Honey bees also help to establish lush forests that create the oxygen we breath and that store the water we drink - all while sustaining forest biodiversity (plant and tree varieties, animals big and small, insects, and microscopic organisms).

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FOREST CONSERVATION & CARBON SEQUESTRATION

Bee d'Vine's origins are rooted in forest conservation and rural development, and you can read more about our inspiration from the Kafa forest in the Preface section and again in the "The Most Sustainable Libation" chapter of our award-winning book.

We've created the Bee D'vine Hives Fund to convert inefficient traditional beehives into modern ones that can produce seven to ten times more honey. Once we pay back our startup debts, we'll contribute a percentage of profits to the Beehive Converversion Fund. Learn more about the Kafa forest and the UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve below, and see our 90 second video below showing Ethiopian beekeepers in Kafa hanging inefficient traditional hives.

BEES ARE DYING!

Honey wine is the most sustainable beverage in the world because honey production does not use chemicals and large mechanized equipment. In fact, pollination from bees is a positive environmental footprint. Unfortunately, honey production has been declining and bees have been dying off in the U.S.A. and elsewhere. You can read more about the struggle of the bees in the "The Most Sustainable Libation" chapter of our acclaimed book. Here are the primary reasons why bee colonies are disappearing. 

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  • Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD
  • Infestation from mites
  • Higher incidents of drought due to climate change
  • Less agricultural space
  • New generations leaving the beekeeping family business
  • Move to seedless crops

Every case of Bee d'Vine sold contributes to the support we give to the California-based Project Apis m (PAm) in its fight against this decline. Every case of wine sold enables us to contribute a portion of profits to PAm.

 

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