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Bees are insects, responsible for the pollination of 35% of agricultural foods in the world. There are about 20,000 species of bees, most are solitary bees and others are organized to live in colonies.

 

Within the great diversity of bees, meliponas, also known as stingless bees, differ from all others because they do not sting. There are more than 400 melipona  bees identified, most live in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world and are fundamental for the conservation of forests and jungles.

 

In the Yucatan Peninsula there have been identified 17 of the 46 species of stingless bees registered in Mexico. Some of them produce high quality honey that has been used since ancient times as a supplement to the diet and with medicinal purposes.

 

Of the melipona species that have been found in the Yucatan Peninsula, Melipona beecheii ("royal bee", "Xunan kab"), Scaptotrigona pectoralis ("congo alazana bee", "entangled hair", "K" ant'sak "), Cephalotrigona Zexmeniae (E'hol) and Nannotrigona Perilampoides (" doncellita prieta "," sayulita "," mejen bo'ol ") are cultivated by mayan communities. Melipona Beecheii is the most common.

Despite its growing demand, the market price of honey from melipona bees in rural communities is threatened by intermediaries that pay very low prices. This affects the producers and since the sustainable management of bee hives does not represent a profitable alternative for them this then leads to excessive logging for the extraction of honey from wild hives, which puts at risk both the bees and the tree species in which they nest.

At Miel Nativa we work hand in hand with producers, we accompany them in the sustainable management of bees and we integrate them to a fair and responsible value chain.