Praise 11-Year-Old for Selling Lemonade that Protects Bees

Target: Entrepreneur Makaila Ulmer

Goal: Applaud 11-year-old Makaila Ulmer for her product that supports small bee farmers.

Bees are dying rapidly because climate change is restricting their southern habitats. Without action to protect the bees and their patterns, fruits, nuts, vegetables and other plants will go without pollination, rapidly decreasing the number of food sources for humans. Scientists have suggested that the extinction of bees would lead to the end of mankind within four years.

Makaila Ulmer, an 11-year-old from Texas, is not only an entrepreneur, but a conservationist. She launched a lemonade brand that uses local honey as a sweetener. Her efforts are supporting small bee farmers. BeeSweet Lemonade has appeared on NBC’s Shark Tank where Ulmer earned a $60,000 investment. Whole Foods has agreed to carry her lemonade in over 55 stores, increasing the need for honey from small farms and hives. A portion of BeeSweet Lemonade’s profits go toward organizations that work to protect bees.

Farms and hives protect bees from parasites, diseases and provide a habitat where they can live and reproduce safely. By increasing the need for local honey, farmers can build more hives to protect and restore the dwindling bee population.

Thank Makaila Ulmer for her commitment to protecting bees and creating a product that aims to rebuild the number of bees worldwide.


Dear Ms. Ulmer,

Your work to build a brand to protect bees is incredible. When most 11-year-olds are focused on trends and fitting in, your work is making a huge difference in the world. Not only are you building a successful company, you are addressing a problem that has a severe impact on humankind.

The bee population is in a precarious position and the awareness BeeSweet Lemonade brings to this cause is important. By using locally sourced honey from small bee farmers, you are making a difference in local economies and helping to protect and repopulate bees. BeeSweet Lemonade is educating your customers on the importance of bees — a vital part of our global ecosystem, but often overlooked. The awareness BeeSweet Lemonade is building is important information, and it encourages others to donate to organizations that help bees. Without bees and their ability to pollinate plants, food sources would greatly diminish, destroying habitats globally and endangering animals and even humans.
Your dedication to eco-friendly products and methods of doing business is admirable. The work you are doing is of the utmost importance when it comes to sustaining our environment and food sources.

Congratulations on your success and thank you for all you are doing to save bees.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michael Palmer

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  1. Great job Makaila!

  2. awesome kid for caring for the bees .


  4. It’s great that she is supporting small businesses, and amazing to see such a young female entrepreneur, but this is so incredibly misguided.

    Honey is the bee’s food, not just a by-product of pollination. It takes them forever to make (honey is bee vomit, it obviously takes a lot of work for these tiny creatures to accumulate that much vomit). “To make one pound of honey, a colony must visit over two million flowers, flying over 55,000 miles, at up to 15 miles per hour to do so. During a bee’s lifetime, she will only make approximately one teaspoon of honey.” (from the website cited below)

    The farmers take the bee’s food for human consumption, leaving them with high fructose corn syrup instead, which is obviously not their natural food source and isn’t at all healthy for them. “Can you imagine someone removing all the fruit juice from your house and replacing it with fruit-flavored soda? It may still give you energy, but eventually it will probably make you sick.” (also from the cited the site below)

    A better business model would be to use agave/sugar/maple syrup etc. to sweeten the tea while donating a portion to a real conservation cause.

    Here’s a link to information on bees:

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