What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market
Synthesizing the various aspects of hive-related products, such as beewax and cosmetics, as well as the more specialized skills of queen production and knowledge-based economies of research and science, noted bee expert Tammy Horn documents how and why women should consider being beekeepers. The women profiled in the book suggest ways of managing careers, gender discrimination, motherhood, marriage, and single-parenting—all while enjoying the community created by women who work with honey bees. Horn finds in beekeeping an opportunity for a new sustainable economy, one that takes into consideration environment, children, and family needs.
Beeconomy not only explores globalization, food history, gender studies, and politics; it is a collective call to action.
About the Author
"This unique book tells the story of women in the world of honey bees and beekeeping, from historical times to today and across every continent."—Francis Ratnieks, Sussex University"
"Beeconomy examines the fasciniating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world. . . The women profiled in the book suggest ways of managing careers, gender discrimination, motherhood, marriage and single parenting—all while enjoying the community created by women who work with honeybees." — Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass Region"
"In this engaging, deeply researched investigation of the interplay between women and beekeeping, Horn goes beyond looking at hive-related products like beeswax, honey, and cosmetics, and explores the potential for beekeeping to change family dynamics and even the global economy." — ForeWord Magazine"
"Horn's Beeconomy opens a window on the world of beekeeping and female beekeepers."—Lexington Herald-Leader"
"In this engaging, deeply researched investigation of the interplay between women and beekeeping, Horn goes beyond looking at hive-related products like beeswax, honey, and cosmetics, and explores the potential for beekeeping to change family dynamics and even the global economy."—ForeWord"
"Beeconomy encompasses mythology, social history and a celebration of the roles of women beekeepers and researchers around the world."—American Bee Journal"
"This is the first book of its kind to examine the evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world and explains why women should consider becoming beekeepers. It makes fascinating reading."—Bee Craft"
"Beeconomy is a well-researched comment on the role of women and feminity in society. . . . Tammy proves that beekeeping is not only something women can do well, it's something women have been doing for centuries and should continue to do, for themselves, for their community, for the environment, for the global economy."—New Zealand Beekeeper"
""Takes a clear and analytical approach to the factors that have brought women into beekeeping and in some cases held them back from participating in apiculture. It balances the evidence and very clearly, and very correctly, puts forward the case for more female involvement."—Bee World"
""Fresh and original. . . . Horn has read and travelled widely—across five continents—to create this social account of beekeeping."—Bees for Development Journal"
"Most important, Horn relates the evolution of women in the industry from marginalized beekeepers to managers of successful apicultural systems and scientists developing industrial agriculture."—Courier-Journal"
"Beeconomy takes us on a world tour from the rise of civilization to the present, tracing the intertwined role of women and the role of honeybees as essential for a sustainable society. Read it."—Indiana Living Green"—
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