Bees are becoming an endangered insect. As a pollinator, they are at the centre of our fragile eco-system. Current agricultural methods and the use of certain classes of insecticides and herbicides are killing our bees as they forage to collect pollen to make their honey. Insecticides and herbicides are contaminating our honey and finding their way into our food chain and beeswax products.
Stockmar as a conscious company, is very aware of the importance of bees and the precious nature of beewax. They are very serious about balancing the gifts provided by the bee with the environment, sustainable beekeeping and the health of the human being.
Peter Piechotta, a presentator at 'beeconomy' replied to a customer's question regarding the bee-friendliness of Stockmar’s approach to the use of beeswax. On behalf of Stockmar this was Peter’s reply:
"We look at the beeswax as a gift from the bees as an exchange in a partnership with the beekeeper. In our understanding beeswax is a gift to us as humans like the honey, the vernom and the propolis. Because we cannot discuss it with the bees we have to observe the bees very well to see how much we can collect.
If you look at a beehive during the year you can see that the bees stop to use a honeycomb in the moment when the cells get too small for the larvae. In a wild beehive this wax would be eaten by other insects and the bees would build a new honeycomb.
Because we keep bees mostly in beehives, the beekeepers take this "old“ honeycomb out. This is the wax we can use. One beehive gives us in average 1kg wax a year.
We work together with local biodynamic beekeepers to collect this wax and find out more about what is a good amount of wax we can use for our products in regard to the situation of the bees.
At the moment we have the situation that wax from Germany is very often polluted with pesticides from industrial agriculture and even bees from our beekeepers fly outside biodynamic agriculture.
It would be optimal for us to only use beeswax from biodynamic beekeepers. Until we reach this point, we supplement beeswax from countries were we know that they have no industrial agriculture as we have in Europe and the United States. Mainly from New Zealand and/or some parts of Africa.
To make it short: We respect the bees as partners and try hard to develop our products and supply chain so that in the future we meet our vision of a 100% association with beekeepers worldwide.
We are happy that you as our customers, you support our way by asking questions like you did. By this we recognise that the awareness is increasing of how important our relation to the bees is.”