Tasmanian beekeepers, Bob Davey and Hedley Hoskinson, speak out about protecting precious honey producing leatherwood rainforests.
Protecting old growth rainforests full of beautiful flowering leatherwood trees is essential to the island state's unique food industry.
The forestry industry and unions have agreed to the protection of key leatherwood forests through the historic Tasmanian Forest Agreement. Overturning the laws that deliver the agreement, as Tony Abbott and the Tasmanian Government proposes, puts the future of the leatherwood honey industry at risk.
Watch the 60 Minutes story on the plight of disappearing bees and the impact that will have on our food source in Australia.
It is imperative that we maintain our existing Leatherwood resources in Tasmania. If we continue to lose them at the current rate it will significantly weaken the Tasmanian bee population which will have flow on effects to the agriculture industry.
Leatherwood honey is produced by bees from the fragrant blossoms of the leatherwood tree. As you read this, Tasmania’s 350-year old leatherwood trees are being clear-felled to produce throwaway products. Very few leatherwood trees will remain in the south and only in small, hard-to-access areas. The production of a unique, world-renowned pure honey may no longer be possible.
At present the loss of Leatherwood is imminent in the south of the state and the main concern is the flow on effect to other industries – particularly pollination services for agriculture.