For the past few years, the news has been filled with a drumbeat of doom over the fate of the honey bee. Thanks largely to a mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the number of hives has been falling, with catastrophic implications for the species, and for our agricultural system. England's hives have been vanishing faster than anywhere else in Europe, with more than half dying out over the past 20 years.
So last week's announcement that honey production is booming in the UK, as amateur beekeepers flock to the honey bee's rescue by setting up their own hives, is especially cheering.
I love bees. So much depends on them and other pollinators.
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Depends on how tiny and were at... I've read stories and seen pics of hives from beeks with some pretty lil yards in fairly populated places.
I can't have bees where I am now.. But I am looking forward to the day I get to have a few hives of my own
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:17 PM
I've wanted to try my hand at beekeeping. I can't where I live now though. . .my neighbors complain about how I park my car. . . I can only imagine the complaints that would come in if I were keeping bees.
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This article is just horrible. For one thing, it came almost a year after Monsanto bought this company. Beelogics is not the leading research firm into the bee issue, and they bait and switch with the causes. First they say it is pesticides and high fructose corn syrup and then switch to GMO. Also, they completely gloss over the fact that Beelogics just filed for a patent not long before Monsanto bought them that has a lot of money making potential and then ask if there is any other reason Monsanto would have bought this company. Well, it could have been for the patent potential. Very bad reporting on a very important issue.