Limerick Urban Beekeeping Society (LUBS) Mission Statement 2014

LUBS is a member-owned and operated urban beekeeping social art enterprise. As members, we agree to contribute our labor: working together builds trust through cooperation and teamwork and enables us to promote urban beekeeping in Limerick city within the context of our values and principles. Only members of LUBS may be beekeepers and purchase our honey products, and we share responsibilities and benefits equally. We strive for responsible and ethical membership. We are a resource training and buying agent for our members and not a selling agent for any industry. We strive to promote awareness about the impact of climate change on urban beekeeping and bee related products. We seek to avoid products that depend on the exploitation of others. We support non-toxic, sustainable apiary management and disease control. We agree to only work with our native Irish honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) a strain of the Dark European honey bee. Due to a variety of man-made stressors on their habitats, they are now scarce in most areas in Ireland, due to crossbreeding with other strains of the honey bee and diseases from imported bees.

We respect the urban environment. We strive to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the world we share with other species and future generations. We support and prefer to buy from local, earth-friendly bee product suppliers. We recycle. We try to lead by example, educating others and ourselves about urban honeybees, bee disease control, climate action and the environment.

We are committed to diversity and equality. We oppose discrimination in any form. We strive to make LUBS welcoming and accessible to all who share and respect our interest in urban beekeeping and to respect the opinions, needs and concerns of every member. We seek to maximise participation at every level, from policy making to the management of our urban apiaries.

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