An experienced apiarist has urged consumers to “get off their high horse” to protect the environment.
Gerhard Riesenberger – a 46-year-old cattle farmer and enthusiastic beekeeper from the small town of Kilb, Lower Austria – told NewsX: “It seems to me that people have lost their connection to nature. We must get off our high horse and stop expecting any product to look exactly the way it might have in some commercial.”
Gerhard warned: “No one should be surprised if our carbon emissions don’t decline if we continue to ship all kinds of food from one corner of the world to the other.”
Gerhard – whose cattle farm consists of around 140 animals – got into beekeeping as a teenager and has kept going ever since.
Reflecting on how it all started, he told NewsX: “My grandfather engaged in apiculture. Today, I manage around 50 colonies.”
Gerhard added: “My honey is on sale at my farm and some shops in the region. My one-kilo jars cost 12 Euros, but I also got half-kilo and quarter-kilo glasses.”