For Christian Krüger bees are not just a hobby. The 39-year-old prefers to actually interact with the animals. "Healthy beekeeping is not about setting up a few bee colonies in the garden or in a flowering meadow and consider yourself to be a bee-rescuer," explains Krüger. Monocultures, toxic pesticides or radiation are not the only big threats to bee colonies, he says, but inexperienced amateur beekeepers too. In Germany, hunting and fishing require a licence, he criticizes, but there are no checks and balances for beekeepers. "To bees, three weeks of flowering strawberry fields are like three weeks of eating the same fast food for us humans. After a diet like that, we are not only highly supersaturated but also ill," explains Krüger.
Bees are not aggressive or dangerous, and they do not sit on pieces of cake or grilled steaks.