Honey Helper was founded in 2017 with the main goal to help restore the population of honey bees.
In 2016, after the winter had past, bee keepers across the United States were devastated to find that nearly one third of their hives did not survive the winter. It was not the beginning of Colony Collapse Disorder, but it was a huge increase in the rate at which bees are dying.
There are three main causes of Colony Collapse Disorder:
- Varroa Mites
So how is Honey Helper making an impact?
In the January of 2018, we traveled to the big island of Hawaii to meet with some of the industry’s leaders. We learned about the causes and effects our world is currently facing due to honey bees dying off and more importantly, what is being done to combat Colony Collapse Disorder.
On January 6th, we met with the owner of Kona Queen, Kelly O’Day, at a local coffee shop. Kona Queen is a renowned queen bee breeding facility on the leeward side of the big island. After discussing how Honey Helper could be most effective in chasing after our mission; Kelly decided that we should get connected with David Thomas.
David is one of the worlds leading scientist working to develop a new breed of honey bee or ‘super bee’ called, Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH). These super bees have the ability to detect a varroa mite in the broods cell before the bee fully develops, they will then stop nursing the pupae bee. Effectively, maintaining a healthy hive by killing off varroa infected larva. If you would like to read more about the harmful effects that varroa mite have on bees, click here.
With all this new found knowledge it became clear to us that Honey Helper will work to support research groups that are working to produce VSH bees as we believe that this is a solution to Colony Collapse Disorder.
Below is a picture from the first day we met with David Thomas at his lab on the big island of Hawaii
- Left – Bijan Tabatabai, Founder of Honey Helper
- Middle – David Thomas
- Right – Kelly O’Day