ISRAEL - Making Honey Without Bees

K. Farmer

Ofir and Efrat Dvash didn’t know when they were growing up on a farm that their life’s work would reflect the meaning of the family name.

“Dvash” is Hebrew for “honey” and the siblings’ new business, Bee.io, is all about making honey … without bees.

It’s no secret that bees are in trouble. A 2021 study found that 25 percent of known bee species have disappeared since the 1990s. The study notes that the roughly 20,000 bee species “are the most important group of insect pollinators” on Earth, contributing to some 85% of cultivated crops.

“The supply side cannot meet this demand,” CEO Ofir Dvash notes, “so prices are rising fast. In the last 10 years, prices nearly doubled, making honey something like a premium product. We want to enable everyone to have different kinds of honey, different flavors, at reasonable prices.”

Bee-io makes cultivated honey by mimicking the bees’ natural process. Nectar collected from plants is filtered and inserted into a biosynthesis machine where it’s mixed with specific enzymes and evaporated, resulting in honey.

“Because we can choose from which plants and flowers to make the honey, we can set the taste. Nature can’t do that,” Dvash adds.

Bee-io’s machine is still in the design phase, but eventually the company plans to construct facilities in the United States, and later on in other countries, to produce large amounts of different varieties.

-www.israel21c.org, 1 June 2022

Commentary

Leave it to Israel to come up with a solution to the problem of declining bee populations, and the resulting scarcity of honey. 

The article notes that the cultivated honey is made by “mimicking the bees’ natural process.” The CEO then states that “…we can set the taste. Nature can’t do that.”

As we have often mentioned, man is drifting further and further away from relying on the Creator, with technology’s rapid advance causing him to sidestep obstacles that may arise.

We are reminded of the story of Jonathan gaining strength for battle by eating honey, in opposition to his father Saul’s command: “But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened (1 Samuel 14:27). (By K. Farmer)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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