Urban beekeeping is popular everywhere, in Paris, New York, London, Vienna. In all these cities, there are hives on the roofs of buildings. This is a great way to enable those people who live in the city to engage in this branch of agriculture.
“People are bringing bees to the city more and more often, especially since the cities are becoming very large. Construction has begun in developed countries “Green settlements” and “green buildings”, where you have condominiums “, says Dr. Ivan Pihler.
According to him, in large metropolises, the concentration of people is very high, so life takes place on levels, that is, in the heights, and that is why it is seen to humanize that life, so that make parks on buildings, and here it is normal for a bee to have its place.
“Can such a product, which the bee brings here, be of better quality than the product that the bee brings from nature?” I’m skeptical. If we look at pollution, cities are the scene of that pollution, and if the hive itself is within that pollution, it is normal that there will be problems there as well. If we look only at pesticides, then yes. But, not only are pesticides pollutants, there are also heavy metals, etc. “, states Pichler.
Experts say yes wild honey bees living freely in cities, outside beehives made by humans, have a more diverse DNA than bees raised in apiaries, they are weaker and less resistant to disease. Also, although people think that the big problem of urban bees is air pollution in cities. That is not the case, though.
„Again, this pollution has been talked about in scientific circles for a long time. I’ll just tell you it is the bee a mirror of the purity of nature and, in the world, they look through the bees at the nature of pollution. Such pollution absolutely affects bees, given that the period of the strongest pollution occurs on foggy days and in winter when there is no air circulation, although the same happens when we have steam during the summer. During this period the bees are not affected so much, because they are now at rest. They do not go outside, they do not bring nectar and pollen, they are not so present outside that it would affect them so much now. But, it certainly affects in the warmer part of the year”, Concludes Pihler.
Interlocutor: Dr. Ivan Pihler
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