If we lose the bees we starve. Why is a ban incomprehensible? I don't know enough about this, but we haven't synthesised a replacement for the work bees do for us, so surely it's in our interests to do everything we can to protect them.
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- That is one of the most beautiful survival strategies I have ever seen. Cooking the enemy. Well the enemy would eat them, so why not cook the enemy instead! Then like all good pirates you throw the limy barnacle overboard!
It works, but not as well as they might hope. Cities like Madison are embracing a natural curve. Always have. But few do. Even Madison, cannot sustain a full gardening community, but this doesn't stop us from trying. Perhaps something new will evolve out of this? Immigrants have already started the practice of buying small plots of farmland and personally tending them. Heading out of town there are micro plots all over. These plots are used to by the immigrants to grow crops that are sold at the local farmers markets and some of the local grocers as organic, locally grown. The real trouble we have, is simply space, as with any growing city, you can only cram in so much.Mar 30, 2012
- I knew it would be our fault.Mar 30, 2012
Is possible to find ways in cities.Mar 30, 2012
- What? Did you just pass gas? Whats your fault? Or are you talking Americas fault? If that's the case then yes, it very well might be. The problem here in Wisconsin is not new, and its had biologists & bee people worried for some time now. But if its pesticides behind it all... That answers a lot of questions.
Keeping bees in a city isn't the problem, mind you some cities it is still illegal. What is the problem is the gardens, having enough room so that every one can have a garden. In Capitalist society such luxuries are impossible. The space used by a garden, could be sold or rented for something else. Thus the dirt is a waste of space. This is the way it is in a city. Most of our gardens are along the train tracks, and bike paths.Mar 30, 2012
- I thinkmeant "our fault" as in "us" - the human race. Not some mystery virus or something that's decimating the bees. , I love the idea of urban beekeeping. Cities can change and adapt their law if necessary - and they do. I know of several people here in the city of Rochester who now keep urban chickens - which requires permits but can be done. I think the idea that having the room for a garden is a luxury is questionable. I think it's probably true in dense urban areas (NYC, Chicago and the like) but even then there's always rooftops. Here in Rochester many community gardens are situated on vacant plots, and all the local public schools have gardens thanks to the amazing Rochester Roots project. Great care has to be taken in urban areas because of lead paint chips and other contaminants in the soil. We have to redefine what we consider a garden to be. There must be room for the bees in there somewhere too! But even with all the urban warriors fighting for small scale agriculture, it doesn't stop the big guys. Indeed, as much as we lament the existence of the giant agribusiness and the petrochemical fertilisers and pesticides they use, they are a huge component of the economy and they're not going away. They must be educated too or the bees will be gone no matter what we do in our homes and gardens.Mar 30, 2012
- Chicken keeping is a far bigger problem than bees. People fear the bees but they are small, quiet and largely go about their buisness unnoticed. Plus honey bees are small and not aggressive. However chickens can not only raise a stink but also crow at all hours. Neighbors really hate this. I have seen several programs dealing with urban chickens. The trouble with any roof top operation is that you need consent of the landlord and in some places you also need a permit from the city and approval of the fire martial & Zoning commission. Additionally the roof may need to be reenforced to support additional weight and activities it was not previously rated for. Dirt is not light, and if improperly installed a rooftop garden can also rot away the roof itself.
I think the best measure is to make balconies larger and construct roof top spaces specifically for gardening environments. Some one with real entrepenurial sprit could also craft a garden space over the buildings themselves litteraly reclaiming air space for a massive feild or urban garden. I have never seen a city do this yet, but I can easily imagine such a structure around our capital as a massive airborne ring encompassing the entire isthmus area. What a sight that would be.Mar 30, 2012