November 27, 2011

Beekeeping in New York

Beekeepers in New York city 
Photeo: BBC's Human Planet series

By 2050, 80% of the human population are predicted to live in cities. Looking at this estimate coupled with the predicted population growth, one might wonder about the future of farming. Some scientists envision that we will farm using water instead of soil (hydroponics) and farm in high rise buildings (vertical farming), to mention some interesting ideas.

Already we can see an increasing trend in Western countries to have vegetable gardens in cities. Michelle Obama started a vegetable garden on the White House grounds. I will come back to future farming trends and the White House farming later; but as of now I am still thinking about the bees of my last article and their important, invisible work. So, here is a little taste of how bee farming is done on top of high rise buildings in New York City. It is taken from BBC's series Human Planet.


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