When urban beekeeping gets too dense

Bees need a certain amount of nearby green space in order to find enough pollen to survive. Without that, bees can starve. They can also end up subsisting on a diet of syrup that's about as healthy for them as a diet of burgers and fries would be for you and I. London has had die-offs of bees in the past, when beekeeping got more popular than the city's limited green space could support. Some people are now worried that New York City could be headed toward that problem. (Via Hannah Nordhaus)


    1. Wow, a stunning video!

      Slightly less hellish is Eddie Izzard’s take on the profession of beekeeping.

    2. I’d much rather live in a world without giant japanese kamakazi wasps than a world without honeybees.  Without the bees you can say goodbye to 90% of the produce that they pollinate, including almonds, apples, blueberries and cranberries, just to name a few.

  1. i’ve got 64 sq.ft. of bee friendly plants in my roof garden.   i would say it supports about a dozen of the little guys at a time.   if everyone does their part….

  2. Oh, that’s easy – not enough green space to support honey bees?  Create some more!  You’ll benefit native pollinators at the same time.

    1.  I’m wondering how the native pollinators are faring with the onslaught of honey bees. Not well, I fear.

  3. I just bought some hyperlocal honey from Andrew yesterday.  He keeps one of his hives less than a block from my apartment. 

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