By Leandro Vesco
The bee is dying from various causes, due to the advance of the agricultural frontier, due to the reduction of natural fields and fundamentally due to the intensive use and abuse of pesticides. Daniel Romeo is a beekeeper who produces organic honey, lives in Fultón (Tandil), a town of 80 inhabitants and recognizes that it is increasingly difficult to do his job, the production model is killing the bee: “The waters are polluted and there are nutrition and fertility problems "
Fultón is a beautiful town nestled in one of the valleys of the Serranía de la Tandilia, 38 kilometers from Tandil. The small town is committed to rural tourism, is part of theTandil Rural Tourism Group. Daniel's wife and daughter attend thewarehouse "Adela" that has given life to the town next to the factory of artisanal alfajores "Estaful" Yet Daniel Romeo is alert atsignals that the field is giving, that natural environment that is respected and cared for by those who live off it, not the big producers who work their crops from the Internet.
Daniel has been a lifelong beekeeper and knows bees better than anyone.Its organic honey is protein and constitutes a foodHowever, something happens to the bees. "They are the early indicator of contamination, when the bee starts to have problems, it means that we too will be in trouble”Sitting in the Adela warehouse, he traces us a complete panorama of the world beekeeping reality, which is also the story of how pesticides have modified the life of the country man.
“The problem with the bee is that the fields are contaminatedWe who are in beekeeping have always been aware of it. We are currently putting them protein cakes Because there are not many flowers, the bees cannot take the pollen, which is where they get their proteins.Without pollen there is no reproduction. We at Fulton do not work with chemicals and the difference with industrial honey is impressive. Our biggest request is that they do not spray more, because we are seeing that there are fewer and fewer flowers in the field, but we do not just want flowers for bees, but for our biodiversity”
A few years ago Daniel attended Apimundo, a world beekeeping fair that took place in Buenos Aires and there a French wine producer summed up in a few words the beginning of the sunset of the field: “We in France never used any chemicals to protect the grapes, but this was until after the second war, when the chemical companies were left without a market by the end of the war, so at that time we had a little bug that marked us grapes a little, and that is how these companies began to sell chemical products to producers.At first they gave the poisons for free, for us to test them, and that's how all the big companies like Monsanto were born.Today we are adding more than 20 agrochemicals to the grape, when more than sixty years ago we did not put one. The problem was that that poison killed the bug that marked the grape, but it also killed the bug that fed on it "
With free samples the field began to poison. “We are getting worse.In the province of Buenos Aires there are already records of acid rain, in Mar del Plata studies have been made and in the rain there are glyphosate residues. There are more and more cases of cancer in the villages. We have a law that says that they cannot spray us at a certain distance, but it is not enforced. When a fumigating mosquito nears here, the smell it gives off is tremendous, and everything that surrounds it dies.I had a vegetable garden and he began to kill the plants, if they do that with vegetables, imagine what they will do with our lungs”
Despite this panorama, the people of Fulton know how to react and they are doing it: sustainable ventures that respect and take care of the environment. Daniel has the recipe for how to make the countryside a provider of job opportunities and healthy food.“We have to go back to what was before, we have to give labor to people, to families so that they can produce healthier, without pesticides. With people working the land the field would revive. The way is to produce organic. Feel the satisfaction that you can make your own food, and that it is better than everything that is sold, that is food sovereignty. There is no price to wake up in the morning, and even with the dew, go to the garden and look for a fresh tomato, and eat it there and feel the flavor of the tomato and the earth "