Gentle Beekeeping

2018-09-21

Paleo Certification, the new Ballot-Flurin' commitment

Paleo Certification, the new Ballot-Flurin' commitment

Ballot-Flurin Apiculteurs is a pioneer in low-impact beekeeping and apitherapy. Created by Catherine Flurin in 1982, it has been our mission for the last 30+ years to intertwine the well-being of bees, people, and the planet through our practices and products. Guided by this specific set of ethics and goals, we have been at the forefront of sustainable apiculture in Europe since our inception.

Our Commitments

  • Family-owned and free from the harsh demands of external, venture capital
  • Firm focus on the pioneering and the future of organics
  • Respectful and loving treatment of our bees
  • 100% Local Pyrenean Euro-Regionality
  • Low-impact practices, from the hive to the finished product
  • Support for local beekeepers and their communities

Gentle Beekeeping

The major difference between us and other honey companies is that we use a method called Gentle Beekeeping to ethically harvest all bee-made materials we sell or use in our preparations. Gentle Beekeeping means simply treating hives with the utmost respect, with our specially trained beekeepers using techniques such as strictly regulating where we place our bees, smokeless harvesting, or honey-caching to feed each colony throughout the winter (rather than the normal cane sugar diet usually afforded them). This allows us to guarantee the happiest bees and the highest quality hive materials around.

Apiculture DOUCE

 

This focus on the natural has allowed us to apply similar practices to our food and self-care products. Our range of Paleo Certified offerings, the first made in France, are prepared with health in mind. Our honey, pollen, and royal jelly is 100% raw and untreated for optimal nutritive benefits to the body. Our preparations are all made with low temperatures, manual techniques, and absolutely zero unnatural additives or chemicals. At every step of the way, we strive to augment sustainability in our communities and our environment, as well as in culture of beekeeping locally and internationally.

The preparations and bee goodies that are now Paleo Certified are the first ones available made and harvested in Europe. We chose to become certified because we see Paleo as the next logical step in the organics market: while our entire product range are all certified organic according to EU standards, we wanted to go the extra mile when it came to assuring the quality and origins of what we offer.

Paleo Certification made a lot of sense for all of our hive-sourced materials.

It was a clear and concise way of elaborating our guarantee of pure and untreated honey, pollen, raw propolis, and royal jelly. However, we wanted to also extend the Paleo mark to as many of our preparations as possible, especially those that provided proven health benefits.

The flagship of our company is our hydro-extracted propolis. Using low-and-slow techniques for steeping, we have created preparations that have proven benefits and uses for taking care of yourself. The water extraction allows for a variety of formats and uses, for nose, throat, mouth, and general fortification in children and adults alike. It is a strong and versatile cure for whatever ails you.

This propolis extract is also found in some other preparations, currently certified, including our White Propolis Ampoules, which are blends of raw, natural hive-made materials specially prepared to support the energy levels of body and mind. These Ampoules are also available with our royal jelly blend, and are great taken alongside a dose of our Honey Cures: blends of raw honey and propolis or royal jelly specially created to augment the active properties of each ingredient.

Despite our general focus on health and well-being, we aren’t just a bunch of stuffy medical personel; we are based in France after all, the capital of gastronomic of Europe! It was by embracing our gourmet side that we developed the first Paleo Certified alcohol, our La Ruche Ivre Sparkling Mead. It is a simple raw honey fermentation, done without any additives like sulfites, that replicates the effects of the oldest methods of natural alcohol creation.

Of course, after enjoying a few drinks it is always good to get out and do something active, and our range of nutritious Paleo Certified preparations are here to support you and your body. Our RawBars are an easy, high-powered snack to take on the trail or up the mountain, and the fruit mix Délices or honey-nut Mendiants are perfect for a reenergizing post-exercise boost.

Our goal is to provide an ever-growing, comprehensive range of Paleo Certified preparations. With these initial entries, we feel our best foot has been put forward towards a cleaner, healthier future for all.

 

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