Aside from being delicious, honey fresh from the comb has a ton of benefits, buts not the easiest thing to harvest, and buying quality, organic honey can be downright expensive.
The typical process of extracting honey involves a tedious protocol that includes smoking off bees, examining combs, removing frames, uncapping frames and straining dead bees, wax and other particles out of the honey.
That’s why a revolutionary beehive design created by father-son duo Stuart and Cedar Anderson is expected to set the beekeeping industry ablaze with one of those inventions that makes you ask, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?”
It’s called the Flow Hive, and while the inventors were only hoping to raise $70,000 to expand their business, they raised $2.2 million in the first 24 hours.
As of May 8, north of $5 million has been donated, and the campaign still has 28 days left!
Here’s how the Flow Hive works, and why so many people are supporting it.
Instead of having to wait on the bees to build a honey comb, the Flow Hive uses synthetic honeycomb frames that can either be placed in a standard hive, or a clear Flow Hive, which allows you to see when the honey is ready to be collected.
Bees can skip building the comb building process and get down to business immediately, pollinating the hive with sweet, nectary goodness.
The best part about the Flow Hive, however, is how quick and safe it is to get the honey from the frames.
Instead of cracking open a beehive, the Flow Hive frame is installed with a crank at the top of the hive, and once you wind the crank, the cells of the artificial honeycomb split open, allowing the honey to flow out.
The honey travels through tubes and when you’re ready to collect the honey in a mason jar, you just flip on the spigot.
This process leaves the bees undisturbed, preventing the usual bee casualties that occur from traditional honey extraction methods.
Another neat aspect of the Flow Hives is it’s so simple, you don’t need to be a bee keeper.
Anyone can get their own kit for $600, set it up in their backyard, then sit back and wait as the bees get to work on their next jar of honey.
This could be a great benefit to many people across the globe, providing them with local honey overtime will pay for itself.
This natural sweetener can replace cane sugar, help relief allergy symptoms and bolster the consumer’s immune system. Honey is also credited for killing antibiotic resistant bacteria, including E. Coli, Salmonella and methicillin resistant bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus.
The possibilities of what could be done with the Flow Hive truly seem to be endless.
Would you consider having something like this in your own back yard?
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