Bee-keeper in Bjurholm
Without bees, no honey. And not only that, many of the flowers and crops surrounding us would have a hard time surviving without the bees and their pollinating colleagues. Most flowering plants are more or less dependent on pollination. This also applies to several of the crops used in food production. An estimated 30 percent, every third bite, of what we eat is due to pollinating insects.
In the past decade, bee-keepers in many parts of the world has suffered from extensive death of bees, which may have catastrophic consequences for our crops. Several causes of the problem have been put forward, but none has yet been fully proven. The explanations clame that mites and diseases cause part of global death of bees, other contributing causes are intensive and unilateral agriculture, climate change and pesticides.
During one season, Västerbottens Museum’s ethnologist and photographer followed the bee-keeper Janne Westerlund from Bjurholm in his work with beehives and honey harvest. The project ended in a slide-show that we now show at the museum.