WELLNESS PARADISE FARM
WHAT IN THE WORLD BROUGHT US TO BEEKEEPING?
While attending a mushroom training from expert Paul Stamets, he began speaking about the plight of the honey bees in our country and around the world.
HOW ARE BEE KEEPING AND MUSHROOM GROWING CONNECTED?
FIRST OF ALL, THE BAD NEWS!
There is a huge herbicidal drift around the world in farming and food production, which includes honey. Monsanto Chemical company has applied for patents world-wide to produce GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Most of the seeds currently available, have been soaked in chemicals before they are even planted! When our bees go from blossom to blossom and flower to flower to extract the nectar, those chemicals are already a part of the plant’s DNA! And, of course, those chemicals become an intrinsic part of the honey these bees produce. Then we, as a Nation and The World, consume tainted honey and food products!
Microbiome: ONE THIRD OF OUR AMERICAN CROPS RELY ON BEES FOR FERTILIZATION.
The almond industry is the biggest user of chemicals as well as other fruits, berries and nuts.
We learned never to purchase queen bees coming from almond orchards. Alarmingly, our bee populations have declined rapidly. This is due, in part, to the spreading of the Varroa mites who transmit viruses.
An insecticide that has been approved for cows is now being used to soak bee hives. This is the commercial growers attempt to kill the Varroa mites which results in the majority of honey in this country becoming contaminated!
NOW, THE BETTER NEWS
We’ve grown up with Winnie the Pooh: the loving bear that demonstrated how bees are attracted to the decaying tree stumps. Then mushrooms grow on the decaying tree stumps because of the honey made by the bees. They analyzed the honey and found that mushroom extracts can provide peak amounts of enzymes in the honey.
- Bees benefit from the mycelium (the root systems) of mushrooms!
- As our bees get stronger and become immune to the mites, we can help influence the health of bees in other countries!
- Washington State University has raised 2.5 million dollars for bee research. And much more is needed!
NOW THE BEST NEWS!
Oral ingestion of mushroom tea is indicated in protecting our bees from Varroa mites. These mites, kill our Queen bees, leaving colonies barren. Mushroom tea actually increases the immunity of the bees, causing the mites to weaken and disappear!!!
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM PAUL STAMETS’ RESEARCH thru WSU!
We put out sugar water for our bees to consume. This water was infused with Chaga, Red Reishi and Amadou Mushroom teas.
MUSHROOM TEA BLENDS reduced the virus load in bees as follows:
- Chaga Mushroom Tea, reduced the Black Queen cell Virus.
- Amadou Mushroom Tea reduced the viruses
- Red Reishi Mushroom Tea increased the longevity of the queens!
Studies have shown that mycelium from mushrooms extends the lives of bees. The most conscience practice now is to put mushroom spores into a hive to strengthen the immunity of the bees. Now we can select strains that are more virulent against the mites. Five hundred, thirty two beehives are in practice to research the effects of the mushroom extracts to eliminate the fungal load in bees.
We at WELLNESS PARADISE FARM are dedicated to bio-diversity to save our eco system. This was tested on beekeepers with more than 200 hives. There has been so much migration of bees from California (where they grow the contaminated almonds) and then back to Washington. And sadly, there is much less migration these days.
THE BEST NEWS!
The researchers have gotten a test back that was very encouraging!
SIX hives using Paul Stamet’s mushroom extracts, reduced the population of viruses at Washington State University! We are dedicated to continue learning, experimenting and supporting the research at WSU!