Mid-Missouri couple striving to save honeybees
MILLERSBURG - Two beekeepers in Millersburg say they hope other people will join them in helping to save the troubled bee population.
Pesticides are largely blamed for the collapse of bee colonies around the world.
"We are killing a lot of pollinators and we need to stop it," Nancy Giofre said.
She and her husband, Dominec Giofre, have about 85 bee hives throughout mid-Missouri.
Nancy Giofre said they have to be really careful where they place the hives.
"It's important we find properties that don't use pesticides", she said.
The National Resource Defense Council website says, "one out of every three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is, in some way, a product of honeybee pollination—from fruit to nuts to coffee beans."
And then, of course, there is the honey.
Nancy Giofre said she hasn't seen nearly enough honey being made in recent years, which plays affects the couple's business, Giofre Apiaries and Honey Ice Cream.
In order to create their 25 different flavors, the Giofres have had to purchase honey elsewhere.
They would prefer to buy local to support the mid-Missouri community.
The Giofres want to see more people joining the beekeeper community to protect the bee environment. They are members of the local bee club, Boone Regional Beekeepers.
They encourage people who are interested in beekeeping to join the weekly meetings, but most importantly they want to educate the community to save the bees.