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Illustrations by: Lukáš Chládek


The Need for Bees and Urban Honey Ever since it was reported that bees in North America and Europe were increasingly threatened by what is known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), a situation where strong bee colonies can lose their entire workforce in a matter of weeks, beekeepers from all walks of life have stepped up in rural and urban settings to join the crusade and reverse the trend of dying bees. Countlan speaks to the newest generation of apiarists who have taken on the plight of caring for bees and producing honey in the most unusual settings. The relationship between bees and global food production becomes a bit clearer as does why we should pay attention to what is really in our honey jars. A Few Good Bees to Watch on Film: 01 More Than Honey (2012) 02 Queen of the Sun (2010) 03 Vanishing of the Bees (2009)

Family Honey { D u n d a s, CANA D A }

Photo Credit: Luis Albuquerque

Soon after graphic designer Russell Gibbs relocated from urban Toronto to Dundas, Ontario, a quaint historic valley town near the Niagara Escarpment, he felt the urge to do ”something“ to help him connect with local growers. Through this mission, he also discovered a love for connecting with the land — something that was missing from his city life and design career.



Countlan Issue 05  
Countlan Issue 05  

Countlan is a quarterly magazine dedicated to exploring how people all over the world entertain at home.