Father-Son Duo Helped Create 51,000 New Beehive Colonies

Bees are dwindling. But one duo is saving them.

Stuart and Cedar Anderson spent ten years trying to figure out how to harvest honey without disturbing bees and bundling up in a beehive suit.

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Their solution was Flow Hive, an Indiegogo-funded invention that replicates a real beehive but doesn't put the bees at risk when you harvest honey. In 2015 Flow Hibe collected $12.2 million and became the most successful crowdfunding campaign in Indiegogo history. 

Now, four years later, the Flow Hive has helped create 51,000 new beehive colonies and ushered in a 10 percent increase in the world's bee colonies. 

"The rate of beginners getting into beekeeping has more than doubled in a decade," Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culturetold Fast Company.

The Andersons have shipped those 51,000 new beehives to 150 different countries. With honeybee populations shrinking across the globe, the company has also decided to donate some of its money to honeybee advocacy groups. Pesticides and intrusions on natural honeybee habitats have hurt the population, but the Andersons are helping reverse course.

"We know that insects, in general, are on the decrease," Cedar Anderson says. "We know that the bees are struggling. We know that the way humans use pesticides and the way we farm isn't the best for our pollinators and a lot of the insects."

Cover photo: Flow Hive

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