With this invention from Australian father and son beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson, bees around the world can breathe a sigh of relief, or so they pretend. His invention allows beekeepers to harvest honey from their hives without disturbing the bees inside.
This ingenious invention works by providing the bees with a partially finished wall to later complete themselves with their own wax. When filled with honey, the beekeeper can open the other end, allowing the honey to flow into a faucet without disturbing the bees.
The Flow Hive Honey project has been presented on the INDIEGOGO crowdfunding platform, collecting micro-donations for more than 4.8 million dollars, although its initial budget was only 70,000 dollars. The success of this donation flash is due to the concern that society has about bees and the sensitivity about the productive stress they suffer during their directed reproduction and the extraction of honey.
But we found an ecohive article that dismantles this invention, here I will give you a small summary. First, it should be noted that this design is not new, it was invented and patented in the offices of Spain and the USA (patent no. US2223561A ) by Juan Bizcarro in 1939.
The only difference between the two prototypes is that Bizarro based the structure of the honeycomb cells on metal, while the Australians used plastic.
What we see coming out “through a tube” in the promotion video is thin honey or nectar, when the humidity parameters to which we are used to barely give humidity margin (only between 17% – 23% the most common) . Honey, due to the sole effect of gravity, does not easily come out of a “capped cell” without the help of a suitable temperature or the impulse of centrifugal force, or so we thought until now. The invention contribution of the 1939 prototype was to avoid the cells capped with wax, so that the honey exits through an internal opening at the bottom of the cell that is not controlled by the bees. The Anderson’s take advantage of the same idea and only simplify their construction.
The nectar ferments, loses aromas and degrades rapidly. The nectar does not contain the nutritional-therapeutic properties and benefits of honey.