Bee Blue Zones: Global Longevity Hot Spots

$8,000 goal

Campaign created 1 month ago
Created March 19, 2019
The Urban Bee Laboratory (UBL) is a 501(c)(3) entity based in Boston, Massachusetts and our mission is improved bee health and longevity.

Our proposed Bee Blue Zones study is based on research first published in the September 2004 Journal of Experimental Gerontology identifying global hotspots where humans experienced longer, healthier lifespans than their peers. The original study identified inhabitants of 4 relatively isolated, geographical hotspots: Ogliastra, Sardinia; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria,Greece and Nicoya, Costa Rica. In each case, survivors shared common characteristics including cohesive community and family structures, minimal stress, rigorous physical activity and diets consisting primarily of locally produced food.  (Link to the full study here )

The study will apply a similar methodology to bees and the $8000 budget will cover 6 months or more of part-time research, depending on funds raised. The initial geographical focus is Massachusetts, followed by the rest of the United States and the world.

Over time, we envision Bee Blue Zones research will appeal to the global citizen scientist community and serve as the catalyst for future studies identifying causal relationships found within the data.
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As spring approaches, the Urban Bee Laboratory team is really excited about the impact your donation will have for our research! We are actively working on Blue Zones and acquiring aged honey samples. Please click link for info:
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$8,000 goal

Campaign created 1 month ago
Created March 19, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, Inc.
Certified Charity
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Boston, MA
EIN: 472418162
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