Sweet lessons of city honey - Bee positive

Sweet lessons of city honey - Bee positive

It is not so long ago that the majority of humanity lived in the countryside, but when the majority of us moved to cities, nature adapted and followed our lead — and our food — with unexpected consequences.

Berlin has a thriving and growing population of wild boar roaming its streets. Leopards are often seen in Kolkata, where they are helping to reduce rabies by preying on feral dogs.

Not all animals in cities are invasive and some are introduced with very positive benefits, as is the case at St John’s Centre College, in Cork, where bees are producing A-grade honey.

The lessons such a project offers are almost incalcuable.

The project shows that with even the slightest help, the minimal intervention, nature will do what nature does.

At a moment when the farm-chemicals threat to bees, and the vital role they play in our agriculture, is in ever sharper focus, St John’s offers an example many others might follow and reap rewards far more valuable than a jar of honey, no matter how delicious.

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