29 Jun '12, 9am

Is New York City Running out of Space for Bees?

Urban beekeepers are like rock stars among those of us who are concerned about honeybees, but could their swelling ranks spell doom for the bees we're trying to help? Over at BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker linked to this recent WNYC story that paints a grim picture for the future of New York City’s urban beekeeping scene. The concern is that the popularity of beekeeping in certain New York City neighborhoods will put a strain on the supply of forage available for all of their bees. Since the city legalized beekeeping in 2010 it has registered 200 hives, and there are estimates that an equal number of beehives remain "off the books." Listen to the WNYC Urban Beekeeping Story According to Anthony Planakis, the NYPD officer who handles many of the city’s bee calls, like the bee swarm this spring, there should be one hive per acre of green space to sustain a healthy bee colon...

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