‘Climate change is hitting us’: French beekeepers expect worst honey harvest in half a century | Bees


French beekeepers expect their worst harvest in a long time as unseasonably chilly and moist climate as a consequence of local weather change has prevented bees from producing honey.

Beekeepers affiliation UNAF mentioned that primarily based on info acquired from regional associations it expects the honey harvest for 2021 to return in at 7,000 to 9,000 tonnes, or about a third of the 2020 harvest.

“This will be worst harvest in the history of our organisation, the worst in at least 50 years,” UNAF president Christian Pons mentioned on Tuesday.

Pons mentioned beekeepers throughout Europe have been hit by unhealthy climate and local weather change may have a lasting influence on honey manufacturing.

UNAF mentioned 2021 might be a disastrous yr for honey as, aside from a few uncommon areas in France, circumstances have been very troublesome for bees in spring and summer season, with lengthy durations of frost, chilly, rain and northern winds.

“Climate change, which beekeepers have felt for more than 15 years, is really hitting us,” UNAF mentioned, including that flowering seasons have gotten earlier and shorter.

Due to late frost and rains, there might be nearly no acacia honey this yr, for the second yr in a row, whereas rosemary, thyme and heather honey manufacturing, in addition to chestnut and sunflower honey harvests, have been poor to nearly zero.

Forest, mountain and pine honey harvests have additionally been disappointing because the flowering season was too brief and solely lavender honey in the Mediterranean south-east of the nation produced a good harvest, UNAF mentioned.

The organisation estimates that France consumes about 40,000 tonnes of honey per yr and imports greater than 30,000 tonnes. Export volumes this yr might be very low, it mentioned.

“Little by little, climate change is hurting our business. At this rate, there will be less and less French honey,” he mentioned.

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