Lee S. Rosen Miami – BeesVita Plus, a nutritional system supposed to bolster honey bees’ immune systems, strengthen their resistance to pesticides, and improve their overall health.
“We now have a scientific formulation that provides us with a fighting chance to combat environmental and man-made forces that are attacking colonies,” said Philip McCabe, president of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations.
BeesVita Plus is an all-natural, organic, anti-oxidant-rich, pre-packaged dietary supplement patty that is placed in honey bee colonies. Honey bees eating BeesVita Plus, as opposed to typical sugar water solutions fed by most beekeepers, receive precise amounts of essential nutrients and antioxidants that improve health.
BeesVita Plus is being tested out-in-the-field and in laboratories by the United States Department of Agriculture, by domestic and foreign university biologists and at agricultural research centers in America, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Turkey and by beekeepers in California, Florida, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
According to Federation statistics described at Apimondia, honey bee colony losses in some countries are as high as 60 percent. The global average is about 20 percent. In the United States, losses range from 28 to 59 percent.
“Around the world, honey bee colony loss is a pandemic; millions of honey bees are dying,” explains Lee Rosen, Chairman and CEO of West Palm Beach, Florida-based Healthy Bees, LLC, maker of BeesVita Plus.
“No one knows the cause, but clearly nutrition plays an important role,” he said.
Many beekeepers, especially during the winter months, when pollen and nectar are non-existent, feed their hives sugar-water or handmade sugar cakes as a replacement.
“These are ineffective carbohydrate mixtures composed of sugar that are void of scientifically-formulated essential nutrients and anti-oxidants found in BeesVitaPlus,” said Lee S. Rosen.
He also emphasizes, “Beekeepers complain they spend excessive time and labor making bee feed and then serving it to the colonies. Beekeepers tell us they need an easy-to-use pre-packaged product that provides proper and effective nutrition.”
The product is sold in pre-packaged 800-gram patties, and in varying size bags of water-soluble powder-mix.