Let's put that in numbers:
- Bees pollinate more than $15 billion in crops annually.
- They produce over $150 million in honey sales.
- The global economic cost of bee decline, including lower crop yields,
increased production costs....has been estimated as high as $5.5
Did you know? Honey bees are essential to our economy, being the chief pollinating agents of the flowering plants and agriculture crops such as almonds, alfalfa, apples, berries, cucumbers.......Over 30% of crops are dependent on a sufficient population of honey bees.
Starting as a backyard beekeeper, I became more and more worried about the
fate of the honey bees; they have been dying in great numbers and we could spend hours pointing fingers in every direction. The systemic and other pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are to blame. So are the very large commercial beekeepers that in my mind are bee exploiters. The use of too many chemicals in the hives and the lack of diversity in agriculture due to the large scale of crop monoculture is also a factor contributing to the weakening of the bees, allowing mites and other disease to thrive on the colonies.
Will urban beekeeping be the solution? It certainly will be a great tool in restoring many bee colonies since numbers have been dwindling over the last few decades.
10,000 individual beekeepers with 1 hive will be better for the bees than 1 commercial beekeeper with 10,000 hives.
My great concern over this certain collapse of the honey bees led me to start this venture, a full service, natural beekeeping program aimed at installing as many urban hives as possible (where permitted by law) on roof tops, green spaces, gardens...