Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News
2 June 2010
Vancouver city hall buzzing with 50,000 bees
The roof of Vancouver's city hall is buzzing with some 50,000 bees.
Two hives were installed to mark the Day of the Honey Bees on Saturday.
Honey bees are being decimated around the world for reasons unknown, and now have their own day in Canada as scientists, beekeepers and politicians join forces to raise the profile of the small but important insect.
"About every third bite we take are related to pollinators, and bees are the main pollinators," says Christian Duhme, volunteer beekeeper for city hall. "Our food supply is basically dependent on them."
For the fourth year in a row, beekeepers in B.C. and across North America have experienced devastating losses. On Vancouver Island alone, an estimated 90 per cent of beehives were wiped out this past winter.
Much of B.C.'s agricultural industry, from blueberries to apples, would not survive if the local bee population were wiped out, experts say. But in spite of a worldwide scientific effort to save this vital link in the food chain, a solution remains elusive.
For now, Duhme is urging people to refrain from swatting and killing bees, saying that they are generally docile unless attacked and should not be confused with wasps.