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World Bee Day illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

World Bee Day × Lamborghini


May 20, World Bee Day: Since 2016 Lamborghini has worked with bees in an environmental biomonitoring project

On the occasion of World Bee Day on May 20, established by the UN in 2017, Automobili Lamborghini underscores its commitment to safeguarding the environment. In 2016 the company launched an environmental biomonitoring project with the installation of an apiary in the Lamborghini Park in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Over the years, the apiary has grown from a total of eight hives to the current twelve, with a population of about 600,000 bees of which 120,000 forage around the territory.

In addition, thanks to the Audi Foundation, from this year the Lamborghini apiary benefits from the presence of a “technological beehive”. Two video cameras, one inside and one outside the hive, make it possible to observe the behavior of the insects close up, providing more detailed data to the studies being conducted.  

From the analyses of the hive matrices (honey, wax and the bees themselves), the company in collaboration with entomological and apicultural experts, can detect a wide range of environmental pollutants: pesticides used in agriculture and on urban and private green spaces, heavy metals, aromatic compounds, dioxins and many others. This analysis is instrumental in controlling pollution in the environment surrounding the production plant and the inhabited area of Sant’Agata Bolognese, thanks to the wide “foraging” of the bees, i.e., their flight to collect nectar and pollen, within a radius of approximately 3 km.

The project undertaken by Automobili Lamborghini has recently been further enriched by an experimental study for biomonitoring of solitary bee colonies. Solitary bees differ from social bees for their shorter foraging radius (200 meters) and because each female takes care of her own offspring, unlike social bees which only take care of the queen bee’s offspring. The colonies, made up of reed houses located inside Lamborghini Park and near the production site, make it possible to monitor more specific areas, thanks to the shorter foraging radius, and to collect even more effective data for studying the environmental impact of the site.

The bee biomonitoring project is part of a broader environmental sustainability strategy that Lamborghini has been pursuing since 2009 and that led the company to be awarded certification as a CO2 neutral company in 2015, which has been maintained even following the recent doubling of the production site.

Matt McKey Honey Doo! Image by VENMARK INTERNATIONAL for use by 360 Magazine

Matt McKee – HONEY DOO!

CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFE: HONEY DOO! PAYS HOMAGE TO BEES, OUR INVALUABLE POLLINATORS

A new series of the limited edition contemporary still life, Honey Doo! which is printed on polished aluminum, has been released by Matt McKee and is available in several popular sizes from his website.

Honey Doo! is an image that was created to dramatize the urgency of food security and the dangers of man manipulating our food supply in many ways, including endangerment of the bee population. McKee hopes that the image which comes in 40” x 50”, 16” x 20”, and 5” x 7” sizes will get people talking about food bioengineering, nutrition, and sustainable lifestyles.

It is McKee’s hope that by drawing attention to bees, people will become more conscious of their critical role in our food supply.  Honey Doo! is part of the Sweet Blasts portfolio that features food items on the fuse of a hand grenade to spark conversations about our food supply and sustainability.  The image comes in 40” x 50”, 16” x 20”, and 5” x 7” sizes.

Honey Doo! is priced at $3,175.00 (40” x 50”), $675.00 (16” x 20”), and $100.00 (5” x 7”).  These are limited editions; all signed and numbered.

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha is the perfect beverage for the summer. Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha not only keeps you hydrated but it is rich in probiotics and antioxidants. Jun Kombucha has been growing in popularity over the last few years, but many are unfamiliar with Jun, which is a cousin of traditional Kombucha, and classified as champagne of kombucha.

What sets Wild Tonic apart from other kombucha on the market is it is crafted primarily with honey instead of cane sugar; this produces a refreshing result, absent of a ‘vinegar’ bite common in traditional kombucha. The initial brew of sustainably sourced tea and honey along with a SCOBY, symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, is infused with organic fruits, herbs and botanicals to create the signature smooth taste. Wild Tonic is also a more nutritious alcoholic beverage; each sip contains prebiotics, probiotics, amino acids and antioxidants, without any artificial flavorings or sulfites.

Wild Tonic offers many delicious flavors including Raspberry Goji Rosse, Blueberry Basil, Blackberry Mint, and Rosemary Lemon in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. Their new slim can packaging varieties will be available for direct purchase at http://www.wildtonic.com/.

About Wild Tonic:

The Wild Tonic story begins with an artist and her passion for innovation and creativity. Painter, Holly Lyman, worked with beeswax, an ancient medium known as encaustic, for many years until she discovered the art of fermentation. One day, her love of painting with beeswax transformed into working with honey, another labor of love created by the bees. As with many creative endeavors that sometimes spill into other forms of expression, Holly unexpectedly found herself fascinated with a rare ferment known as Jun. She brewed with this living culture day after day until several years and brew experiments later, Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha was born! For more information about Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha please visit www.wildtonic.com and follow them on Instagram.

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Planting for Pollinators

The family yard is now the safe outdoor space to relax, play and de-stress, especially during these challenging times when so many are sheltering at home. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that nature starts right outside your back door – and one way to help nature is to make sure your yard supports our very important pollinators.

About 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators, and 75% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. On top of that, more than 3,500 species of bees help increase crop yields.

June is National Pollinators Month and June 22-28 is designated as “National Pollinator Week.” Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of the Interior. Pollinator Week is  a great opportunity to encourage people to do more in their backyards to support pollinators. Our yards, parks and other green spaces are growing even more critical in recent times not only for the health of the planet, but also for that of humans.

The TurfMutt Foundation has developed an infographic on planting for pollinators so that anyone can provide critical food and shelter to these essential species.

Access the infographic and get planting here.

World Bee Day × RR

World Bee Day aims to strengthen measures to protect bees, which are vital pollinators for almost 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species and more than 75% of global food crops. Despite their importance in supporting food security and biodiversity, bees are under significant threat worldwide from intensive and monocultural farming practices, land-use change and habitat loss, pesticides and rising temperatures linked to climate change.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is actively involved in helping to safeguard these essential, remarkable and highly vulnerable creatures. In 2017, the company established an Apiary at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. The Apiary is home to around 250,000 English Honey Bees, which reside in six traditional English-crafted wooden beehives. As well as foraging on the 42-acre Rolls-Royce site, with its half-a-million trees, shrubs and wildflowers, together with eight acres of sedum plants growing on the manufactory’s ‘living roof’, the bees roam over the surrounding 12,000-acre Goodwood Estate, at the heart of the South Downs National Park. Each year, ‘The Rolls-Royce of Honey’ is meticulously hand‑processed by local specialists and served to guests of the marque, including customers commissioning their motor cars in the company’s Atelier suite.

The United Nations designated 20 May as World Bee Day to mark the birthday of Slovenian artist, designer and apiculturist Anton Janša (1734-1773). Considered the father of modern beekeeping, Janša pioneered many methods still in use today. In his seminal treatise A Full Guide to Beekeeping, published posthumously in 1775, he declared: “Amongst all God’s beings there are none so hard working and useful to man with so little attention needed for its keep as the bee.”

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