The art of the apiarist is more about the preservation business these days. We taped a TV segment with a beekeeper in Ireland. I talked bees with J. Smith, who takes his bees very seriously. He is based in County Kerry where he has devoted his life to preserving the species and is constantly spreading the word of the critical condition the population is in globally. The one thing he said that really stuck with me was his explanation of how the bee colonies "live together with a collective consciousness - something humanity should adopt." His honey is available for local merchants and markets; sustainability is paramount.
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