A new plastic flow hive invention that threatens to revolutionize the world honey market.
PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: Still on honey - the launch of a new free-flow beehive in recent weeks has had investors swarming. The Flow Hive was created by two Northern Rivers backyard beekeepers who were determined to find a simpler way to harvest their honey.
They ended up harvesting money, as an online crowdfunding initiative took off, with more than US$2 million pledged.
Here's Adrienne Francis.
ADRIENNE FRANCIS, REPORTER: Father and son Stuart and Cedar Anderson are honey hobbyists from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. This slick and feel-good campaign of theirs is one of the latest crowdfunding success stories.
Instead of applying for a bank loan or grant, crowdfunding allows people seeking money to post a description of their project and a fundraising target online. Sponsors can donate small amounts to help the project take flight and the crowdfunding website makes money through a levy on the total funds raised.
actually in spite of thick chemtrailing here today in Northland, NZ I was happy to still see plenty of bees enjoying the pohutukawa blossoms round home here.
plastic beehives... soon plastic bees?
don't think bees are in danger of being replaced by robots; pure fantasy by quasi-creative disinfo-spinners.
plastic frames have been in use here for at least twelve, maybe 15 years. The bees don't like them when they are new, but as they age, the bees become accepting, The plastic tends to get a coating of beeswax and propolis.
Plastic is bad in contact with fats, like milk, but i think ok with honey. Of course, we would prefer hemp, and one day it might happen
having watched the vid, this looks like a beautiful toy, not a commercially significant development
the super (box of honey-filled comb) still needs to be removed and cleaned after draining. the comb is still capped, so the bees can't refill the cells. so the impact on the bees is the same
the system will work well in hot climates like Northern Rivers, where summer temps are frequently in the high 30s C. it will still leave a significantly higher percentage of honey in the comb, compared to conventional extraction, and will not be at all useable for thick honeys like manuka
the image of clean honey draining into jars direct from the hive is indeed spectacular, but even for hobby apiaries, the practical advantage is in the sidestepping of the extraction process, and of no advantage to the bees.
then there is the issue of cleaning. removing the capping is problematic, with respect to damage to the plastic comb. the main headline in this story is the amazing response in the crowdfunding
Ugh. Don't like the energy of AJ.
I want one!