Sì come schiera d'api che s'infiora
una fiata e una si ritorna
là dove il suo laboro s'insapora
(Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, Paradiso, XXXI, 7-9)
Beekeeping is an ancient art and fascinating, and we believe that agriculture and beekeeping must be harmonized between them because the nature, from the dawn of the world, had already made it, implicitly complementary and inseparable. Organic is a healthy choice that leads us to respect nature and their lives, making us rediscover the techniques of traditional agriculture. Today, in our fields, all wild pollinators are disappearing because of "challenging chemistry" launched by man to the environment through pesticides. The bee, bred by man as it is as a renewable resource, is likely to remain the only "postman" of pollen, although in turn, is affected by the same toxic molecules that are killing other insects. The disappearance of the "flight stopovers of pol1ine" would result in a real ecological catastrophe, a collapse of agricultural production without historical precedent. For this reason, along with the curiosity and passion for our friends the bees, we decided to host some families of bees in our gardens.
Bee does not just donate honey, pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly, but is at the service of agriculture to conduct the business of pollination.
We usually think of insects as dangerous enemies of our crops, to be fought by all means and without pity, however many of them and especially the bee, are laborers without pay at the service of the farmer, and provide for free their work.
Higher plants, have mostly of flowers that have an apparatus "feminine", the pistil, and the "male", the stamens. Because plants convolino the lawful marriage is necessary that the pollen content in the bags stamiferi, going to fall on the stigma at the top of the pistil, and germinate. The logical thing to think about is that the flower, hermaphrodite is, "loves himself '" and "autofecondi". For about Darwin, however, we know that the marriage between close relatives - and a hermaphrodite is certainly a very close relative of himself - the emergence, in the long run, the harmful effects. So, the pollen of a flower is kindly requested by Mother Nature to go to pollinate another flower, a plant sister. Insects are the "gallant secretaries", the messengers of love of flowers that allow the reproduction of plants and thus the production of the fruit.
This biologic survival "help" (the scientific term is "symbiosis") provides an exchange of gifts: the insect allows the wedding flowers, and the flowers they offer him a reward: nectar, rich in sugar and pollen rich of protein. In short, the flowers fertilize, and the insects they feed on. Basically, it happens that the insect, come on the flower, the spropri of nectar and pollen, but is littered simultaneously a myriad of pollen grains that are "glued" to his body. Passing on another flower is fatal that pollen "overflows" on the new stigma, and to occur so the fertilization of more plants sisters, distant between them in space.