Bees Swarm Berlin, Where Beekeeping Is Booming

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

When is enough Honey Bees too much? What an exciting problem to have. This New York Times article looks at the issues of urban beekeeping being too hip. Like many people, they underestimate the responsibilities of actual husbandry of livestock and can have a detrimental effect on biodiversity they are trying to protect. Read more at the New York Times story: Bees Swarm Berlin, Where Beekeeping Is Booming.

Beekeeping on the roof, Berlin, Germany

The article doesn’t seem to offer any solutions, but like most trends, bee having will wain eventually. Then the true enthusiasts and diehards will remain. Though, I have met several people that just like watching their hives; I wish to be doing that now, but I haven’t asked if we can have an observation hive in by office building yet. One will dream…

Happy Beekeeping!

3 thoughts on “Bees Swarm Berlin, Where Beekeeping Is Booming

    • People! They just don’t fit into boxes. I have worked in many industries as a computer geek, and have found that many folks I like have had many careers and diverse interests. Similar to me. I’ve found that many folks have something interesting in their lives. Bee change jobs, why not people. How does a worker become an undertaker bee or a propolis collector?

      I found that in Germany, that the advertising is more diverse and age is portrayed all over the media as a fact, not a horror to be avoided.

      How is beekeeping in Cornwall? Do you have pictures? Are the Cornish like they are portrayed on television? What are the bees like?

      • That’s great that older people are used as models and not ignored in Germany.

        I’m not sure how the Cornish are portrayed on TV – are you thinking of Poldark/Doc Martin, lol? I’ve only been beekeeping two years here, compared to nine in London, but so far I find the bees much feistier. I never dropped everything and ran from a colony before I moved here! I’ve had to adapt my beekeeping and wear thicker gloves whereas before I often inspected barehanded.

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