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African Bronze Honey earns Ottawa residents UN award nomination

A pair of Ottawa residents have been nominated for a United Nations sustainability award for honey that comes from killer bees in the forests of Zambia in Africa.

Paul Whitney and Liz Connell found way to turn killer bees into honey

The honey is carried in buckets, as seen here, by residents near Zambia forests. They have learned to make money off killer bees by selling the honey as part of the African Bronze Honey business. (Photo courtesy of Forest Fruits of Zambia)

An Ottawa company has been nominated for a United Nations sustainability award after turning killer African bees into a killer of a product called African Bronze Honey.

Two Ottawa residents, Paul Whitney and Liz Connell, help residents of Zambia harvest honeycombs from remote forests and turn them into honey.

This promotional photo shows the African Bronze Honey product, which is now sold at Whole Foods. (AfricanBronzeHoney.com)
After years of researching how to sell honey in Canada, the pair brought the honey to Canadian schools as a fundraising project to teach children about issues facing Africans. Recently, the product began selling in Whole Foods.

The former residents of Zimbabwe say the business is unique because it allows the locals to make money off killer bees that live naturally around their villages.

That makes the idea sustainable, which is why the UN has recognized the business.

You can listen to an interview with Whitney about the honey project in the audio player below.

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