Over the past 50 years, the amount of crops that depend on pollinators (i.e. fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oilseeds) has tripled. Bees play an important role in relation to the scope of agricultural production. Effective pollination increases the amount of agricultural produce, improves their quality and enhances plants’ resistance to pests. Slowly, people in the sector are working to correct this problem with some inventive solutions.
A father-son duo behind the “Flow Hive” took notice of this problem over ten years ago, and worked tirelessly to make their honey business more friendly to the bees.
After roughly a decade of research, Stuart and Cedar Anderson released an Indiegogo-funded invention called “Flow Hive.”
Cedar was inspired to create a harm free beehive after his brother was stung during the honey extraction process.
Eventually, once Cedar had a working prototype, he put a video online showing the prototype and explaining his idea, hoping to raise $70,000 for a tool that was needed for the factory.
However, much to the family’s surprise, the IndieGoGo campaign raised over $2 million dollars in one day, and would go on to be the most successful campaign in the website’s history, raising over $12 million in total.
In just a single day, the Anderson’s lives were changed forever, and they were left with the monumental task of shipping out 24,000 orders to over 130 countries.
However, instead of just retiring and enjoying their riches, the Andersons have donated their profits towards a network of pollination projects that are working to protect wild habitats.
“We’re proud to have donated 100% of profits from the sale of our Flow Pollinator House to nine local grassroots pollinator projects in Australia and the United States that are at work protecting wild habitats all around the world. Pollinators need large areas of habitat to flourish—the more we can do to protect and conserve native habitats, the more opportunities these tiny environmental champions will have to do their important work,” Cedar said.
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