The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council is proud to be associated with Honey Month – a month long celebration of honey! Apiarists around Australia are showcasing beekeeping, honey products and of course wonderful food. Each state is holding events for Honey Month so take a look at the many activities on our National Honey Month page.
Honey Month 2014 Media Release
Australian beekeepers produce many great varieties of honey. The beekeeping industry within Australia wants the public to be aware of what is available. Whilst the beekeepers of Australia produce these great honeys, it is often not recognised the vital role that the humble honey bee plays in the food security for Australia.
Ian Zadow, Chairman of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) said we want the Australian public to engage with us, the beekeepers, to better understand the role Australian beekeepers play in providing food. “Whilst some in the public know how good honey tastes and how good it is for you, they often don’t associate the honey bee with the other foods that are on their meal table. It is estimated that one in three mouthfuls of food we eat relies on the honey bee for pollination of that food.”
Mr Zadow said the beekeeping industry Australia wide is setting aside the month of May to help educate the public on the role of beekeepers and what the honey bee does for Australia’s food security. “Many people only think of beekeeping as a cottage industry. They are not aware that there are many large businesses out there run by beekeepers and they often have several employees working for them.”
“Last year in August it was estimated that between 150,000 and 180,000 bee hives were taken to pollinate almonds. Almonds are one crop that if there are no bees for pollination, then there is no crop.”
“Each of the various State Associations is running different programs to showcase to the public our delicious honey and what our industry does. I would encourage the public to find out what activities are occurring in their State and come along. See below for the various activities scheduled for Honey Month 2014
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Ian Zadow, Chairman of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council on 0429 433 125
Queensland – Robert Dewar 0419 658 831
Victoria – Jodie Goldsworthy 02 6033 2322
Tasmania – Shirley Stephens 03 6363 1170
Western Australia – Leilani Leyland 0428 290 029
South Australia – Martin Gilbert 0417 824 739 or visit us on Facebook