Ever since people first learned the consequences of Colony Collapse Disorder, a number of researchers have been attempting to find new ways to extract honey from bee hives without disturbing the bees. If you stop to think about it, the process of honey extraction can be very traumatic for the bee colonies, but what else can be done to collect the honey? The process of harvesting honey has not evolved much over the years… until now.
One group of honey enthusiasts has made incredible headway by introducing a new honey extracting invention called Flow Hive. The soon-to-be-released product is described as “… artificial honeycomb for use in a beehive, which enables honey to be removed from the honeycomb without removing the honeycomb from the hive.” The process has been patented by Flow™, and while there are a lot of unanswered questions at this time, the contraption has captured the imagination of the beekeeper industry and honey bee enthusiasts.
Through a Kickstarter campaign (soon to be launched), the inventors hope to inspire a new generation of beekeepers who will find that harvesting honey is easier, more gratifying, good for the planet, and not as harmful to the bees.
While this is not a regional company, the effects from such an invention could help to impact every corner of the planet. Reading many of the comments online, there are a lot of enthusiasts who are waiting to get their hands on this new invention. At the same time, there are also plenty of skeptics. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, more Buffalonians will join the ranks of beekeepers, along with a few of the diehards that are already doing their part in Buffalo.
You can follow the progress of Flow Hive on Facebook. Or you can conduct a search on Kickstarter once the campaign goes live on February 23.
Photo: Cedar and Stuart Anderson of Flow Hive