InnoVista Sensors™ selected biodiversity and bees as their first topic to launch the Environment Days in Valence. Wilfried Sanchez from the Rovaltain Foundation and Gabriel Faysse from Apiculture Urbaine presented the importance of bees, their role in food chain and their contribution on our world. We learnt that, each year, bees directly impact 153 milliards € in the agriculture market with 35% of our food tonnage strongly or totally dependant on animal pollination (from cultures to vegetables, fruit trees, oilseed crops,…). Meanwhile, the bee mortality rate in France is about 15% but reaches a frightening 80% in some parts of the world. Several factors are responsible for the disappearance of bees: pesticides are not the only ones to be blamed but also air pollution, multiplication of electromagnetic waves (high voltage powerlines for instance), as well as climatic changes, endocrine disruptors, etc. At the same time, apiculture has become global with swarms of bees being imported to Europe without paying attention to local seasonality nor to geographical specificity. This can directly impacts the way bees feed, their capacity to resist diseases, their fecundation and pollination rates. Gabriel Faysse, the beekeeper looking after our InnoVista Sensors™ beehives explains that they are hosted in the “Drôme des Collines” where Acacia trees, Lime trees, Chestnut trees and Lavender fields that are located within 3kms radius. Due to the very humid climatic conditions, our first honey jars will mostly be from chestnut and lavender flowers. We should receive our first delivery in September… Many thanks to Gabriel Fraysse and Wilfried Sanchez and to InnoVista employees who attended the conference.