October 2014, Nature, Reader Submission, Roxbury


best bees (noah-wilson rich)

best bees (noah-wilson rich)

Curated by Noah-Wilson Rich

General honey bee facts:

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are of tremendous economic and ecological importance. As pollinators of over 100 crops (including almonds, blueberries, avocados, broccoli, lemons, limes, and cucumbers), honey bees contribute an estimated $14.6 billion per year to the American economy.
Research using honey bees as an experimental study system has contributed to our understanding of an interdisciplinary range of subjects, including animal communication, genomics, evolution, immunology, agriculture, aging, economics, and even mathematical modeling.
Honey bees are dying. The number of honey bee colonies not surviving winters is increasing annually.

Boston honey bee facts:

Honey bees in Boston and Cambridge are more productive and have better survival rates than bees outside the cities.
Bees can fly for miles, so one beehive in Boston can cover reach nearly all the city’s community gardens to pollinate them.
It only takes about a 2 x 3 foot space for a beehive, and they’re in many of the city's rooftops, decks, and gardens.
Restaurants and hotels in the city with beehives and fresh, hyperlocal honey production include: The Gallows, The Beehive, Beat Hôtel, Miel, Four Season Boston, Taj Boston, The Liberty Hotel, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Fairmont Battery Wharf, American Provisions, and more.

To learn more about honey bees and urban beekeeping watch this talk.

Interested in a honey bee hive for yourself or for your business? Go here.