No Bees, No Life is a unique literary creation in many ways. In total, 69 authors from 32 countries collaborated on the creation of the book. At the first public presentation of the book on August 27, 2017, the President of World Beekeeping Forum APIMONDIA, Philip McCabe, was present. President McCabe was thrilled with the book, No Bees, No Life. When asked for comment about the project, these were his comments: “This book is completely different from all the books so far, because it isn’t an opinion of one author, but rather of 69 authors from 32 countries. This book should have been written a long time ago.”
About the Book
Many people realize that bees are important insects but we are still not familiar enough with how big an influence their biggest role – pollination – has on mankind. The world is mostly acquainted with hive products but by pollinating plants bees give the world around one third of all its food. Apart from providing food, pollination makes the existence of plant diversity possible, and thus influences ecosystems, which in turn provide us with oxygen, fuel, clean water, regulate the weather, climate among other important activities.
In 2016, we, the main authors, had an idea to create a ‘global book,’ which would present the importance of bees to the environment and humans as comprehensively as possible, but in a clear and simple way. The response of the authors was amazing. Almost without exception, they expressed their approval of the idea for the book, and even the most world-renowned beekeeping experts were happy to participate.
No Bees, No Life is therefore a joint effort by 69 authors from 32 countries. Its 352 pages present various subjects from the history of bees, hive products, and the importance of the education of beekeepers, to the importance of bees and the reasons why they are endangered. Various ways of keeping bees around the world, apitherapy, apitourism, the religious importance of bees, bees as a good example of life based on values, and the way beekeeping can help people with disabilities are also described.