Earth Day Fundraiser
Now through Earth Day (April 22nd), Enchanted Manor will set aside 10% of all online sales to contribute to scientific research studying colony collapse disorder.
You don't have to enter a promo code or do anything differently; if you place an order we'll contribute 10%.
Why Choose This Cause?
The simple reason is that bees are just about the most amazing creatures on earth (sorry, Mantis Shrimp), and without them we would be out of business.
The more complex reason is that we exist in a time and place where nearly all issues are subject to politicization, including science. We believe, however, that it is an apolitical stance to support the effort of tireless scientists performing objective research, and that their work benefits us all. It is worthy of support both as a means and an end.
What is Colony Collapse Disorder?
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, and were known by various names, the syndrome was renamed colony collapse disorder in late 2006 in conjunction with a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of western honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in North America.
Colony collapse disorder causes significant economic losses because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by western honey bees. According to the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the worth of global crops with honey bee's pollination was estimated at close to $200 billion in 2005. Shortages of bees in the US have increased the cost to farmers renting them for pollination services by up to 20%.
In the six years leading up to 2013, more than 10 million beehives were lost, often to CCD, nearly twice the normal rate of loss.
Several possible causes for CCD have been proposed, but no single proposal has gained widespread acceptance among the scientific community. Suggested causes include: infections with Varroa and Acarapis mites; malnutrition; various pathogens; genetic factors; immunodeficiencies; loss of habitat; changing beekeeping practices; or a combination of factors. A large amount of speculation has surrounded a family of pesticides called neonicotinoids as having caused CCD.