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Savannah Bee Company, Charleston | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

After dinner at 82 Queen, we walked past the Savannah Bee Company. I was devastated that we were too late to shop, since it was so exciting. We are very big fans of honey and all of its variety, it is a wonderful pairing with our love of cheese. Luckily, we steered back that way the next morning while we were exploring the historic district of Charleston and were able to visit.

The store is beautiful inside, a combination of charming design and lovely products.

The tiny door!

The amount of products that result from a mutually-beneficial relationship with bees is wonderful and fascinating.

The Savannah Bee Company does make many products of their own, but they also have other bee-centric products.

Honey gear behind the HONEY TASTING BAR! We tried a number of different types of honey, and again, if you haven’t done this, I highly suggest it. Different honeys from different bees that were exposed to different plants are incredibly varied!

The perfect lighting.

I didn’t even know where to look first. How beautiful is this display?

Remember when I mentioned about charming design? Part of that is putting humanity into the store. Handwritten signs, and the honesty on the sign for the “not square” honeycombs all add to the happy feeling I had in this store.

Thumbs up for their branding and packaging.

Just more honey photos, because I couldn’t stop!

The different shapes of the different bottles also added to the visual impact. I especially like the tall and skinny large bottles.

Naturally, the window was decorated beautifully as well.

I recommend stopping in at one of the Savannah Bee Company locations whenever you get a chance.

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Vanishing of the Bees (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 21, 2011

86. Vanishing of the Bees (Available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Vanishing of the Bees.

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Vanishing of the Bees is a 2009 documentary about the disappearance of bee colonies in the United States, later defined as Colony Collapse Disorder.  Narrated by Ellen Page, the film focuses on both commercial beekeepers who travel the country specifically to bring bees to farms that need their help in pollination, and organic beekeepers who are trying to give bees a more natural experience.

The honeybee disappearances started happening in the United States in 2007.  In addition to the immediate impact on commercial beekeepers, the bigger issue of the environmental factors that lead to CCD comes to light in the film.  The movie suggests that the widespread use of systemic pesticides, in which the pesticides are introduced into crops from germination (as opposed to the topical spraying of pesticides as done in the past) are creating a dangerous situation in which populations of not only honeybees but frogs and butterflies are facing certain death.

Much like the pharmaceutical industry, the research being done on the long-term effects on animal and insect populations of these systemic pesticides are being completed by the manufacturers of said pesticides, which is certainly worrisome – however, the film complains about this but does not address the fact that funding for these studies, outside of the big manufacturers, is hard to come by.

The story of the discovery of CCD in the United States, and the steps taken by the commercial beekeepers to research the issue and try to impart changes to sustain their business, is covered in the film.  The organic beekeepers who are more interested in letting the bees do their own thing (while still getting to collect delicious honey) have their own ideas about how the farming system in the United States is what is causing problems with the natural existence of bees, and necessitates the commercialization of honeybees.  It’s a vicious cycle, it seems.

Vanishing of the Bees is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.99.

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