In recent years Minneapolis, Minnesota has become nationally recognized as the next big thing when it comes to the food scene. Even more so, with the recent onset of organic products and the local food movement, the Twin Cities have been booming with new restaurants conscious of the environment and the impact of producing and buying food locally. Tied into this theme are urban beehives. While most people would not associate beehives with urban settings yet alone food shortage, many crops depend on bees for pollination and therefore the loss of the bee threatens the world’s food supply chain. The bees’ population is becoming increasingly scarce due to factors such as disease, use of pesticides, and lack of available nutrients. So how does this affect the food status and urban planning for all?
There are numerous benefits of keeping beehives in urban settings. One of these mutual benefits is the close proximity to urban gardens and community parks which helps maintain a natural balance; as bees help to sustain the park and in turn, the parks provide the rich nutrients and enzymes required to sustain the bees. Urban beekeeping is a very beneficial trend emerging on the local food scene. Beekeeping makes it easier and more feasible to provide fresh, organic and locally-grown produce used in many of Minneapolis' organically certified restaurants.
By making beekeeping easier in the city, Minneapolis is joining many other cities in a sustainable effort to save the population. What are some other ways cities can add to the local food movement while preserving the bee population?
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