Lee Rosen (Bees VitaPlus)
Lee Rosen – In 2008, colony collapse disorder (CCD) destroyed approximately 80% of the honey bee colonies in a region of Italy. But on one
family farm, the hives remained unaffected. Dr. Francesca del Vecchio studied the natural food resources specific to this farm to
determine what the bees were ingesting that was making them thrive.
After several years of testing hundreds of natural plant extracts, letting the bees choose the best compositions, Dr. del Vecchio and Lee S. Rosen
created BeesVita Plus™ (BVP™). In 2011, Dr. del Vecchio and her partners founded a company now known as HealthyBees LLC,
which has patents pending for BVP™ across the world.
BVP™ is a revolutionary nutritional system for honey bees that organically strengthens their natural defenses. It protects them
from pathogens and the detrimental effects of well-known maladies such as CCD, bad nutrition from monocultures in pollination
services, and pesticides
BeesVita Plus is a first-of-its kind, all-natural, organic, anti-oxidant-rich, pre-packaged dietary supplement patty that is placed in honey bee colonies. Honey bees fed BeesVita Plus, opposed to typical sugar water solutions prepared by beekeepers; receive precise amounts of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants that make bees stronger and healthier, according to the company.
World’s Top Beekeeper
Lee Rosen “This is the first significant scientific advancement in the treatment of honey bee health since colony loss syndrome began a decade ago; when, suddenly, around the world, masses of bees started dying in record numbers – and they continue dying at faster rates today than in past years,” says Philip McCabe, president of the 115 nation-member International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. “In BeesVita Plus, we now have a scientific formulation that provides us with a fighting chance to combat environmental and man-made forces that are destroying colonies.”
Chairman & CEO
Lee Rosen “Around the world and especially in the United States, honey bee colony loss is a pandemic; millions of honey bees are dying,” explains Lee Rosen, Chairman and CEO of West Palm Beach, Florida-based Healthy Bees, LLC, (www.HealthyBeesLLC.com), maker of BeesVita Plus. “No one knows the cause, but clearly nutrition plays an important role.”
Lee Rosen continues, “There are tests showing that BeesVita Plus strengthens the immune systems of honey bees, thereby lessening colony loss.
The United States Department of Agriculture Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland conducted several tests on BeesVita Plus. This includes a test measuring destructive free radicals in honey bees exposed to pesticide.
Paraquat Pesticide Study
One group was fed a water solution of BeesVita Plus mixed with Paraquat. The other group was given a sugar-water solution mixed with Paraquat.
The results showed, “reduced oxidative potential.” In other words, “Bees fed BeesVita Plus and Paraquat showed signs of efficient resistance against the damaging effects of the pesticide compared to bees fed Paraquat in sugar water only,” according to the lead USDA researcher.
Another USDA study also concluded that BeesVita Plus contained as much as 38 times more anti-oxidants than the leading honey bee feeding solution currently available on the market today.
Toxicity & Trace Tests
Lee Rosen – Tests on honey bees that consumed BeesVita Plus showed that there were no traces in their systems of pesticides or the formulation itself. This means the bees fed BeesVita Plus were able to detoxify impurities and fully digest and absorb the all-natural formulation without any residue being passed on to the end-consumer in honey and pollen products. A just-released European study showed concerning traces of pesticides in various consumer honey products.
Other Test Results
Tests conducted by Brazil’s Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios concluded that BeesVita Plus increased the overall weight of honey bee hives; indicating weight gain. Fat insulates the body and stores and releases energy.
Beekeepers, worldwide, testing BeesVita Plus report that colony populations stabilized; meaning there were no signs of colony loss.
Others report that queen bees lived longer; indicating a possible overall increase in honey bee longevity.
Beekeepers Losing Hives
“When I started my beekeeping business more than 40 years ago, my honey bees lived for two months, now they don’t even live for two weeks,” says David Hackenberg, Founder & CEO of Hackenberg Apiaries of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and Dade City, Florida. “So, we’ve got to find something that feeds our bees to make them healthy. That’s why I’m experimenting with BeesVita Plus.”
He continues, “Initial indications show that bees are attracted to BeesVita Plus, unlike other feeding products that we have previously tested.”
Hackenberg, co-chairman of the U.S. National Honey Bee Advisory Board, adds, “This is an encouraging and important signal since our bees typically don’t even look at the (man-made) stuff we try to feed them.”
Necessity: Mother of Invention
BeesVita Plus creator, Francesca Del Vecchio, PhD, is a genetic biologist and family farmer. She explains, “I invented BeesVita Plus out of necessity; when bees in the agricultural community where I live in Italy started dying in multitudes.”
Del Vecchio continues, “I am a scientist and so I started looking for answers in my laboratory. The result led me to create the exclusive BeesVita Plus formulation that I am now bringing to the world to help save honey bees.”
Honey Bee Statistics
According to statistics compiled by the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, honey bee colony losses in some countries are as high as 60 percent. The global average is about 20 percent. In the United States, losses range from state-to-state; anywhere from 28 to 59 percent.
Honey bees are crucial to the world’s agriculture industry. Bees pollinate an estimated $15 billion of U.S. crops, ranging from almonds to zucchini, each year, according to USDA.
The worldwide honey bee population is estimated at 83.4 million colonies, according to the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations.
China is the leading honeybee and honey producer in the world with an estimated population of 10 million colonies. Turkey claims to have the second-largest number of colonies at 7.9 million.
According to Bee Culture Magazine, “The United States is ranked in the top 10 for the most honey bee colonies in the world but is the second largest honey producer.”
There are an estimated 200,000 U.S. beekeepers managing about 2.7 million honey bee colonies, according to USDA. A healthy colony contains as many as 60,000 bees, during spring and summer.
Honey bee colony and honey production rankings vary depending on various sources.