Wednesday, January 18, 2006

French Study: Bees Reared in Cities 'Healthier'

BBC News, 1/17/2006

Bees reared in cities are healthier and more productive than their country cousins, a study by French beekeepers' association Unaf has found.

Urban bees enjoy higher temperatures and a wider variety of plant life for pollination, while avoiding ill-effects of pesticides, the study said.

At the same time they can filter out city pollution such as exhaust fumes.

The study prompted Unaf to start a campaign promoting beekeeping in urban parks, on balconies and on roofs.

Beekeepers say urban bees' productivity can be up to four times that of their rural counterparts. . .

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