03 Aug '11, 2pm

"Beekeeping is a wonderful thing. But let's all consider ourselves beekeepers—whether we manage a hive or not."

"Beekeeping is a wonderful thing. But let's all consider ourselves beekeepers—whether we manage a hive or not."

Alison Benjamin, the co-author of Bees in the City: The Urban Beekeeping Handbook , writes over at The Guardian that there is disagreement between beekeepers about how many bees is too many bees for an urban environment? From a lack of research into how much forage pollinators need, to a lack of clarity over whether urban bees thrive because of good forage in cities, or simply in comparison to poor, monocultural farming practices in the country, it is almost impossible to quantify, says Benjamin, how many bees can survive in a given environment. But the bright side is that the bee crisis, combined with the revival of urban beekeeping, has lead to a flurry of research into increasing fodder crops everywhere: In Newcastle, the city council has already made its horticultural services and ground maintenance bee-friendly at a neutral cost. Newcastle University's Dr Geraldine Wr...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/urban-honey-bees-...

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