Men live harmony with the forest : the flowering trees are pollinated by bees and the families harvest honey.
For some years now, we have been working in beekeeping. "Meliponicultura" is the production of honey originating from melipona, Brazil’s native bees.
This activity is different from classical apiculture which uses "Apis" bees imported from Europe and Africa.
These native melipona bees have no stings, so people can set up hives around their homes and collect the honey without using special equipment. The hives, small and light, can be handled easily by any member of the family. Finally, the equipment is cheaper and demands less transportation.
Contrary to "Apis", these small native bees can pollinate all flowers, even the tiniest ones. Thus, these insects play a crucial role in flora pollination.
Though we are developing melipona cultivation, we have not abandoned classical apiculture and we continue to monitor the "apicultural" hives we have set up in different sites over the past few years.
Today, beekeeping is becoming an important sustainable activity. Bees are essential to life, because they pollinate forests and crops, providing people with food and maintaining biodiversity.
Harvesting Melipona bee hive's products enables the families to survive with the forest and protect it. Thus, this activity tends towards a sustainable use of natural resources and participates in protecting the Amazonian forest.