and urban bees win, well from the likes of this article they do!

The national bee-keeping body has recently reported high mortality in the country near corn, sunflower and rapeseed fields. Bee deaths across Europe have been 30 to 35 per cent higher than average since the 1980s. French figures show that bees in urban areas produce about twice the amount of honey as rural ones. Similar figures are reported from New York.

Via article: Paris rooftops swarm with bees as urban honey industry takes off


  1. Mary Hysong says:

    But of course what do they expect, when they spray so much poison around the crops, of course the bees are going to die along with the other things.

    Of course, if you live in the south where they still fog for mosquitoes, your bees are going to die there too. ;-(

  2. EBee says:

    I agree with Mary! I’m surprised they’re surprised. Duh?

    I’m concerned for the city bees as well. I have city neighbors who spray tons of petrochemicals of all kinds to have the greenest grass in the neighborhood. I don’t want to sound like doom and gloom, but there’s a creek runs through our garden, and I’ve never seen a living organism in it. Thank goodness people like us provide a little oasis for nature to be natural, and I’m encouraged to see the interest spreading thanks to your efforts.

    I live in the south with mega mosquitoes. My DH built beautiful bat houses as mosquito control. It’s not 100% but it’s natural, and bats are endangered, too.

  3. Chiot's Run says:

    I’ve always said the HUGE mono-culture farms are bad for the bees. And all those pesticides they spray on everything. We’re happy we live in the country, but it’s mostly wooded land, not too much agriculture.

  4. Beegirl says:

    Our suburban bees are doing great! Here at the house and at two farms (one organic). Best wishes to your urban hives..

  5. booksb4bread says:

    Can you post a link to the full story?

  6. Paula says:

    I took a bee class a year ago in April and the fellow teaching it said he got way more honey from his urban hives than his country hives and he surmised at the time that it was because urban gardens, which are packed in cheek by jowl here in Portland OR are more heavily planted with flower-bearing plants because of the interest in gardening. There’s just a lot more bee fodder in this city. There is also a large environmentally-savvy population, and a good number of beekeepers as well….

  7. Novar says:

    The three crops mentioned for the highest bee death are also the most commonly modified geneticly. Corn, Rapeseed, Soybeans.

    Genetic modification includes a BT component that kills insects if the plant is consumed. BT is no respector and kills benificial insects together with pests.

    Modern bee hives are using more and more plastic also. We don’t really know the true effect of this yet.

    Thank you for shareing all your work with us!

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