To Bee? or Not to Bee?

United States
May 10, 2017 2:07am CST
Recently the city where I live had to pass an ordinance saying that you are not allowed to keep bees in the city limits. Not sure why this was a problem but it was. I was shocked by the number of people that were upset about not being able to keep bees and crowded areas where people live. How would you feel if your neighbor decided to be a beekeeper in their own backyard? When I asked some of the upset citizens about this they said that people are poor and they should have access to grow and create their own food. Which is true enough but there is a place and time. In a city with 50,000 people is not the place. I was wondering other people thoughts on keeping livestock in city limits.
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@MALUSE (32824)
• Denmark
10 May
Why don't you mention in which country you live? Is there a special reason why you haven't added this on your account page? In Germany, beekeeping in cities is encouraged. It started some years ago and has flourished. Now beehives stand on the roofs of big buildings. I find this a brilliant idea. Without bees no fruits and vegetables and also no flowers which beautify our cities.
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• United States
10 May
I didn't realize my country wasn't listed I just added it. I understand flowers need to be pollinated however bees are not the only animal that can pollinate a flower. Keep in mind butterflies, beetles, even ants can pollinate flowers. There are even a handful of birds that are pollinators like hummingbirds. Although I do like the beehive on the roof idea. My great grandma used to have honeybees ( she lived way out in the country) in the morning when they come out they do so in a bunch all togeather. For most people, they don't understand to stay calm and either stand very still and stay calm till they are all gone or drop to the ground till they fly over you. That could pose a significant risk to someone getting stung.
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@MALUSE (32824)
• Denmark
10 May
@snb7090 Bees are not the only insects that pollinate. That's true. But there are plants which are only pollinated by bees. You can't let bees die and tell butterflies to do their job.
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• United States
10 May
@MALUSE This is true. Most of them being crops not typically grown in city limits. Like apples or pumpkins to name a few. All things us city dwellers love. It's more of a right time right place kind of thing. Urban farm sure great place and time. An avid honey lovers back yard, probably not.
• New Delhi, India
10 May
Do people keep bee as a pet in your place?
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@MALUSE (32824)
• Denmark
10 May
Bees aren't kept as pets but for the production of honey.
• United States
10 May
Not that I am aware of, the bees they want us to have in the city are for Honey.
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• New Delhi, India
10 May
@snb7090 OK....now I get it
@shivamani10 (10695)
• Hyderabad, India
10 May
We should know that even bees are useful for balancing our life cycle.
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• United States
10 May
They are and we have other bees as well that settle in and make hives around the city and there is not a lot you can do with them.
@shivamani10 (10695)
• Hyderabad, India
10 May
@snb7090 Then it is very tough.
@louievill (16345)
• Philippines
10 May
I am guessing, could it be because of the risk of Africanized honey bees that are more aggressive and fast spreading in your country? Yes, I think there is a proper place.
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• United States
10 May
No, I don't think we have any African bees. We do however have quite a few Eco-nuts that want to use any green space everywhere for farming including other people's back yards, tearing down buildings to make space, etc. Farms are a good idea, however, the city that I live in is not ready for urban farming.
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@louievill (16345)
• Philippines
10 May
@snb7090 Oh I see, they want to go back to nature, btw Africanized bees are African bees that have already crossed bred with the regular honey bee and there is a possibility that they would inter breed with those colonies those people keep so guess it's safer if they do it somewhere where it is not densely populated.
@JohnRoberts (41156)
• Los Angeles, California
10 May
I can understand than bees could create a safety issue. They can swarm and attack a nearby child.
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• United States
10 May
Right, I think there could be some exceptions made for a legitimate urban farm but I am not sure I want random people just keeping bees.
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@responsiveme (14414)
• India
10 May
We had a similar problem with goats in the township were I once lived..Then the management got strict and livestock was not allowed
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• United States
10 May
Goats? I love goats we can't have those either.
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• United States
5 Jul
If everybody did their part to help sustain the bee population, our Planet would have a greater chance at surviving the brutality things like pesticides and chemicals do to our creatures great and small Nice to make your acquaintance @snb7090
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
10 May
Plants need bees and bees need help - so I think it's a fairly dumb law.