As you may have seen on Facebook we are heading to Daejeon, South Korea for the 44th ApimondiaInternational Apiculture Congress! For those that don’t know, Apimondia is the International Federation of Beekeepers Associations and related industries. Every couple of years they hold an international conference and this year it’s in Korea. This years conference is particularly special for us because they accepted my abstract titled: The Canberra Urban Honey Project, Lessons for the Role of Apiculture in Sustainable Urban Food Systems. I really can’t wait to dive into the international world of apiculture.
But that’s not the only reason we are going. I’m especially excited to taste honey from all over the world. One particular taste that comes to mind would be honey from Styrax japonicas nectar, apparently it carry’s a strong flavour and good taste. Really exciting stuff for me. We are also going to see how Canberra Urban Honey compares to the rest of the world! Apimondia also hosts an international honey show, fingers crossed guys.
Another exciting opportunity the Apimondia conference holds is the chance to bump heads and learn about Apiculture from all over the world. There are going to be exhibitors from Poland, France, Turkey and the USA just to name a few. Im really curious to ask other apiarists what there biggest concern is in apiculture. We are pretty fortunate in Australia to not be facing as many problems than the rest of the world in regards to bees. Im sure it will be a nice reality check for me.
If anyone is going to Apimondia and is reading this feel free send me G’day on twitter and we can start chatting early! I also plan to bee tweeting a lot during the event so follow my twitter for updates.
-- Mitchell Pearce
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