28 Dec '11, 11am

Is the City the Future for Honeybees? America's Only Urban Beekeeping Store Owner Thinks So

Is the City the Future for Honeybees? America's Only Urban Beekeeping Store Owner Thinks So

Fair Companies /Video screen capture We've already seen studies that suggest that big city bees may be healthier than their rural counterparts . And that's something Bryon Waibel—proprietor of America's only urban beekeeping store Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper —would agree with. Having seen his own urban bees thrive while his Dad's bees in the countryside of Minnesota have struggled, Waibel is convinced that the city may be the home of the future for honeybees. Fair Companies /Video screen capture Of course the space for large-scale apiaries is somewhat limited in the city, but the very existence of an urban beekeeping supply store suggests more-and-more hobbyists are getting started and keeping a hive here and a hive there. Given what we know about diversity versus monocultures, and the resilience of distributed systems as opposed to centralized ones, that can only be a ...

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