Propose: Establish facilities that can host beehives in urban areas and educate people about the value and process of urban beekeeping.
Problem: The bee population throughout the country and world has significantly decreased. There are a number of different factors— including pesticides. Some studies show that neonicotinoids (an insecticide) impair bees’ memories, causing them to forget where their hives are. However, bee colonies are also collapsing due to diseases, parasites, and lack of access to food sources; this problem is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Solution: By creating beekeeping facilities, “Bee Hubs,” bee populations could flourish once again. Not only are bees essential to maintaining thriving ecosystems, they are necessary for plant reproduction. Informational sessions about pollinators and their value to our environment will be held routinely, as will sessions educating people about how to properly keep bee colonies in urban settings. The purpose for this act is to encourage cities to create these facilities.
By funding this project, city gardens of all kinds will flourish and large profits will be made from selling bee products, which will help stimulate cities’ economies. The funds needed to develop these facilities properly will come from the state or the cities themselves. While you might feel that these bee hubs would fit better in rural areas, studies show honeybees produce more honey in urban settings because fewer pesticides are sprayed and more bees survive in urban areas during winter months than in rural areas.
Although a couple of cities in the U.S. allow and promote beekeeping, many more can follow. By helping major cities in the U.S. develop bee hubs and informational meetings, economies will be boosted and the environment will be helped. Canada is one step ahead, having already passed an Act that mandated their major cities to form beekeeping facilities and informational meetings.