Get to Know Your Local Beekeeper

Learn about organic beekeeping and how it boosts your health.

By Emily Main

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Get to Know Your Local bee Keeper#4: Honeybees are peacemakers.
Reports of killer bees attacking and killing animals crop up every now and then, but those are Africanized bees, a hybrid specimen imported to South America in 1956 to breed with local bees to form a new breed better able withstand the temperature of the tropics. Their European counterparts that are used by American beekeepers, however, are pacifists that won't harm you unless under duress. As Conrad writes in his book, "Unless it feels threatened or is forced to defend itself or its hive, the bee is the only creature in the animal kingdom, that I am aware of, that does not kill or injure any other being as it goes through its regular lifecycle."
 

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