SLOW BEES: Plant a pollinator tree all over the world

From May 19, 2019 20:48
We are a big hive! This is the change.

We are the first main cluster of this network called Slow Bees. We are part of Slow Food and each of us will be a reference point for his area, trying to involve people.
We will do the best for next 20 May :the world bee day.

What we can do for future is build new local communities thanks to Slow Bees actions by following new community guidelines, from the Cheng Du last Congress (you can read manifest and motions here -
This means we can start local to create new Slow Bees Communities.
We can already use our FB page to promote actions already planned, but it’s important to collect information in a more systematic form about what is going to happen around the world. What we need to know is: Where, when, what and a contact of the person in charge of the events.

Slow Bees was born from the idea to create a community for all members of the Slow Food International Network that contribute or have contributed to beekeeping and native pollinator projects and is inclusive of all who share a good, clean and fair stewardship of our earth.

Slow Bees represents a diversity of people, spanning the planet, who decided together to talk about issues important to Slow Food specifically, of healthy biodiversity in  Pollinators and the plants they require to thrive. As a group we are an example of a wide diversity of women and men who chose to express our commitment to pollinators, through community work and action, with a goal that all citizens support and understand the nature of pollinators, without which we would not have any biodiversity, whether plant or animal.

About us: We are a group of Delegates of Terra Madre from Italy, Uganda, Japan, Holland, Canada, Ireland, Indonesia, Germany and United States, who contribute or have contributed to Slow Food beekeeping and native pollinator projects.

Our Cause: We feel the need to create an International network of partners, beekeepers and activists that can give more power to our individual actions in defense of pollinators and provide greater resonance, outreach and visibility to the messages we promote. We think that by taking action together on the same day, we can make a valuable contribution by sharing this important message with others. We are a diverse group of people who believe that talking about the world of Bees and Pollinators is the key to observing, learning, measuring and protecting Biodiversity, while inviting traditional, ancient and  indigenous knowledge of sustainable agriculture practice to the fore.  By community efforts and actions, we can disseminate information and bring attention to the threats to these core values, which affect all of us.

What we are doing: We have created an informal group and each is involving stakeholders in their region to stimulate both existing pollinator and organic communities and help develop new ones where none yet exist. Our plan is to create a ‘Buzzing Swarm’ of common activities over planned dates focusing on pollinator initiatives.  May 20, 2020, (World Bee Day) will become the launching point of this network. May 20 is a symbolic date because EU Member States are scheduled to give their opinion on EFSA’s Bee Guidance Document. An important decision for the fate of all pollinators in Europe.

Launch Activities:Slow Bees First Action: On 20 May, World Bee Day everyone involved will plant an organic flowering shrub or tree to support clean Pollinator forage. We will also promote and ask people from all regions of the world to help identify good pollinator plants and trees from their region and provide organic sources for them.

hashtags will be




And obviously #slowbees

The world’s main supply of fruit, vegetables and flowering ornamental trees and plants are largely pre-treated at the nursery with systemic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. No monoculture agricultural practices provide “Clean Forage” for pollinators, beneficial insects, or humans. In many regions of the world biodiversity of species and diversity of plants are severely compromised by agro-industry practices.

Another topic of concern: Climate Change

The Slow Bees Community supports the slow and respectful cycles of nature. Great attention is needed as Climate Change now alters the natural cycles of plant and animal systems. The increasing temperatures alter the native plants bloom cycle (anthesis, pollination, reproductive success, biodiversity conservation and enhancement) harming both food and habitat for the species who depend on flowers for nutrition. The regions worldwide that have increased monoculture crops also increases the concentration of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, which in turn affects Soil, Water, Air, Oxygen, and the entire ecosystem.

The research of many universities are supportive of urban beekeeping in large metropolitan cities around the world. But we will go much further by encouraging people to be beekeepers and assist them to contribute to providing ample and nutritious forage for all pollinators, both native and honeybee in their region of the world.  We know that you can’t have healthy pollinators if you don’t have ample organic flowers for the entire growing season.

The first initiative on 20 May will involve not only the Delegates, but all our diverse partners, beekeepers, gardeners, arborists, organic growers and nurseries. Together we are inviting many participants to create great change, both in pollinator food and in our food.

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