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When NYC beekeepers were in their battle to legalize urban beekeeping – “JUST FOOD” put out this
BEEKEEPING FACT SHEET (Click here to download the full pdf)

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FACT SHEET:

Safety
The most common concern about honeybees is bee stings. Honeybees are not aggressive by nature and are unlikely to sting. Only 0.4% of Americans report an allergy to insect stings in the U.S., and almost none of these are caused by honeybees. In addition, less than 1% of the US population is at risk of systemic reaction to stings by honeybees. Severe reactions from the sting of any one insect in a year are 1 in 5,555,556. The chance that someone will be hit by a car is 59.3% higher.

The inclusion of honeybees as “wild animals” and “venomous insects” in the NYC Health Code is misdirected as they are not wild, and there are fundamental differences between honeybees, a member of the apid family, and other related insects, such as wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets, part of the vespid family. Honeybees are vegetarians who only eat nectar, have been domesticated for millennia for their passivity, and is the only one of these insects which provides life-giving pollination.


Honeybees in Crisis
The survival of honeybees is currently at risk. In the winter 2006-2007, an average colony loss of 38% was reported by U.S. beekeepers. Many of these losses were linked to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has become such a serious issue that Senate passed the Pollinator Habitat Protection Act of 2007, which was co-sponsored by Senator Clinton and designates pollinator protection as a “national priority resource concern.” The Pollinator Protection Act of 2007 also stresses the important role that pollinators, especially honeybees, play in pollinating many important U.S. crops. New York City can be a part of the solution and encourage apiculture in order to mitigate the spread of CCD.

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Video from our National Honey Bee Awareness Day Event!!
August 20, 2011 – Los Angeles, California 
HoneyLove.org 

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Max Fischer, Rushmore Beekeepers President

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Baby Girls Bumble Bee Halloween Costume (3-6 Months)

@ ToysRUs.com

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Photo by CarbonNYC

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Just saw a commercial for this new mascara by Cover Girl that uses BEESWAX “instead of heavy synthetics”.  Haven’t tried it yet… but it looks pretty cool <3

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White House Bees Create Record Honey Crop

“Michelle Obama was criticized when she announced in 2009 that she wanted the White House to be home to a vegetable garden and honey bees. Her idea was to add an area for bees on the South Lawn which would then provide pollination for the garden. Nearly three years later, her home gardening movement has taken off.

In fact, the White House garden produced almost a ton of food in one year. That’s a pretty big fete for a space that started with a $200 start up cost. The White House can now also boast that a record honey crop has been produced in its third year of production. A massive 225 and a half pounds of honey!

The number seemed to startle staff beekeeper, Charlie Brandts, who claims that most hobby hives produce 60 pounds of honey or 5 gallons annually.

He told U.S. News, “It’s just craziness. They did really well this year.” The honey bees have been considered over producers since they began creating honey at the White House. The first year the bees created 134 pounds of honey and in the second year the buzzing creatures created 183 pounds of syrupy goodness.

According to Bee Culture’s Kim Flottum, the Obama’s honey bees are in “honey bee heaven” because they are in the perfect location with lots of water, nectar from the garden and, “no pest pressure”.

The White House uses the honey the bees create to give gifts to friends, family, and other famous folks, as well as a replacement for sugar and in food and drink products like cookies, salad dressing, and beer.

It is possible that with the record number of honey produced at the White House on the South Lawn that others will catch on to bee keeping. After all, Michelle Obama’s plan to create a White House garden did lead others to create gardens of their own for their homes and help kids learn to create them at their schools all across the country.

What do you think? Ever given any thought to keeping bees?”

[click here to read the full article on ecorazzi.com]

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Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl addressing the crowd last Saturday at HoneyLove’s National Honey Bee Awareness Day Event!!

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Exploding Flowers: Sunflower

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Photos from our National Honey Bee Awareness Day event are up =)
Check out the photos from our “Yellow Carpet” on our facebook page or flickr group!!

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