Honey company builds buzz around sting to bee population

EUGENE Ore. -- A local company is spending the weekend creating a buzz in their annual effort they try to save the honeybee.

GloryBee started the event 38 years ago in the hopes of spreading the word about the global decline in the honeybee population.

Heading up the event held at the GloryBee factory is company president Dick Turanski. He told KVAL he sees their weekend as a way to show the community important role bees play in our environment.

"The bees are a part of our nature of pollinating our food crops. A third of all food crops in the US are pollinated by bees," Turanski said.

The company brought out thousands of their hard working insects in hive-like boxes, allowing the public a first-hand look at how the honey bee operates. They also offered honey tastings and held a crafts competition for the kids.

Caroline Adams, who was crowned the 2013 American Honey Queen, attended Friday's event. She helped other speakers spread the word on Colony Collapse Disorder and the multitude of other issues afflicting the honey bee.

"Honeybees are seeing a lot of issues right now and it's something we need to keep an eye on," said Adams.

Speakers gave presentations on how hives and colonies are dying off because of viruses, mites, pesticides and fewer flowers and foliage.

"New science is producing pesticides particularly toxic to bees. These pesticides are results of research finding that nicotine-based pesticides do the most damage," Turanski told KVAL News.

GloryBee is also showing the community ways they can be a part of the solution. They say that with the proper education, people can help reverse the declining bee population.

"There's lots of ways to help bees, whether that's eating foods made with honey, planting flowers, creating pesticide free zones, or being a bee keeper," said Turanski.

GloryBee's weekend event continues at their factory store near the Eugene Airport on Saturday with live hive demonstrations at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.