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I’d like to share something that’s going viral at the moment with all of you on Collective Evolution. It’s quite possibly the coolest invention I have seen in a long time.

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Australian father and son team, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, have spent the last ten years designing this amazing beehive which allows bees to live as naturally as possible (the hive is never opened), while still providing us with raw honey. It enables people to harvest honey without causing them any harm whatsoever. Typical beekeeping practices involve “smoking” the bees out and away from the hive while the beekeepers get the honey out. Many vegans see this as very cruel and choose to stay away from honey altogether, all the while missing out on the incredible health benefits honey has to offer. This amazing new hive, means that there is absolutely no cruelty involved at all.  And it also means a heck of a lot less effort for the beekeeper!

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This new trademarked design is completely unique and incredibly smart, harnessing gravity in a way that allows the honey to be tapped through a tube and poured straight into a glass bottle. Genius!

Writer ‘Bovas’ of Boredpanda.com wrote this about the design:

The clever invention works by providing the bees with a partially-completed wall of honeycomb cells that they then complete with their own wax. After they fill these cells with honey and cap them with wax, the beekeeper can open the other end, allowing the honey to flow out into a tap without ever disturbing the bees. The bees simply reopen the cells and fill them up again.

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I don’t know about you, but I definitely want one of these for my own backyard one day.  The world needs lots more bees and our honey colonies are suffering so much. I hope you put this on your “must have” list too.

Do you want one right now? Well an indiegogo campaign has been started to help get this project off the ground, and it enables you to buy either the whole hive or just the flow trays they have designed.

If you don’t have enough money to purchase at this stage, then you can also make a donation too.

The campaign is currently up to $2 million in donations and purchases (and its only been live for about 14 hours)  as I write this!

Isn’t it awesome to not only support a project like this, but to be able to actually purchase what they have designed.

Go check it out here: Flow Hive Indiegogo Campaign

You can join the Flow Hive Facebook group, or visit Stuart and Cedars website to keep up to date with whats happening.

update 26 February

The campaign is still doing extremely well and I am sure that many of you have helped to take this crowd funding campaign into a record breaker. Some of the readers (traditional beekeepers) have expressed concerns about the flow hive and I wanted to clear some of their queries up.

Honeycomb production

Some are concerned that the bees need to make their own honeycomb to be healthy and happy – and their initial reaction is that these flow trays (that look like honeycomb) take away from the bees natural instinct. I did a bit of investigating and I just wanted people to know that honeycomb is still made, but under the lid of the roof of hive.  This photo was found from Flow Hive’s instagram.

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The inventors are not concerned about bee health and it’s all about taking the honey

This appears to be definitely not true. The inventors have been working with bees for more than a decade and are very much aware that lots of care is still needed to keep bees.  All that they have created is an easier way of harvesting the honey. New Flow Hive owners will still need to know what they are doing, and they will be encouraging people to connect with their local beekeeper groups and to also take beekeeping courses.

They also initially wanted $70,000 as their target. They didn’t specify millions – they are still in shock its reached to this level. I don’t think that they have set out ‘just to make money’ – otherwise wouldn’t their target have originally been much higher?

They recently posted this on their Flow Hive Campaign page about what it takes to look after bees:

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Aren’t They Using Toxic Plastic For The Flow Trays?

There have been some concerns about the Flow Hive trays being made out of plastic. Stuart and Cedar are going to be looking into using either the best kind of non toxic/non leeching plastic, or something that is not plastic at all. With this new funding they will be able to try and find the best materials to use and may even have something specially made.

Like with anything that is new, Flow Hive is sure to ruffle some feathers (or should I say wings?). If you have any questions for the inventors, please contact them on their Facebook page.


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