Why is beekeeping a sustainable method?
. Everyone can be a beekeeper, regardless of age, daily control of hives is not necessary and can be an extra source of income;
. It is a source of income for many families worldwide, living in rural areas;
. Enriches the family diet;
. It allows setting up a food system that, in addition to providing natural and healthy food, is a source of income for everyone in the beekeeping supply chains;
. It is an activity that can promote employment in the community;
. It requires little initial investment, as it is an activity that requires few resources;
. It does not require the use of complex and expensive technological solutions;
. It promotes the production of honey (energetic and healthy food), wax, pollen, royal jelly and propolis, products used for different purposes and that generate income;
. It provides the pollination of plant flowers, as well as agricultural crops, being essential for the biodiversity of ecosystems and for the feeding of communities;
. Promotes the protection of local bees;
. It generates income in communities without destroying ecosystems and promotes the biodiversity of local species.
FAO. 2012. Beekeeping and sustainable livelihoods. Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division.