A new survey from the Australian Consumer Council finds that beekeepers are increasingly looking for new ways to keep bees healthy and produce higher quality food for the bees.
The survey of 3,400 Australian retailers found that 75 per cent of beekeepers said they would consider buying red-beetles.
However, a large proportion of beekeeping supporters have been vocal in their support of beekeeper products.
In response to this growing demand for beekeeping products, the Australian Beekeepers Association (ABCA) and the Australian Sustainable Agriculture Federation (ASAF) launched a campaign in 2016 to educate Australians about the benefits of sustainable beekeeping.
“It is important to understand the health benefits of a sustainable approach to beekeeping and the impact these products have on bees and pollinators,” the ABCA said.
But the ASEF said the industry needed to be more open about the health and environmental impacts of their products.
“Beekeepers should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us, they should be treated as a valued resource,” the Asef said in a statement.
“The use of bee products that are polluting or polluting the environment is unacceptable.”
A survey of 1,000 Australian retail retailers found 79 per cent would consider purchasing red-bee boots, while 36 per cent said they were unsure.
The ABC’s Sarah Jones said the consumer confidence in beekeeping had been steadily increasing.
It is still very early days in the beekeeping sector, but there is now a greater awareness of the health impact of bee keeping, and the need to use sustainable products, she said.
“We have seen a lot of change over the last decade or so in terms of bee health and sustainability, and consumers are more open to it.”
But it’s not all positive, and beekeepers need to keep an eye on their products, as well.