May 16, 2016: We learned about Chelsea resident Lynn Fox’s proposal to adopt a beekeeping ordinance to allow beekeeping in Chelsea. Chelsea has had a ban on the keeping of bees within the its limits since 1919. She gave her presentation to the City Council on April 18th, with a follow-up on May 2nd. In short, all pollinators, including bees, have been under attack by diseases, pesticides and parasites. So much so that growers believe they are one bad winter away from pollination disaster to their crops. Whole Foods estimated that 50% of their shelves would be bare if pollinators disappeared for a season. Now, cities around the US and the world are becoming “bee safe cities” by opening their landscapes to include beekeeping to help strengthen bee colonies and increase healthy, viable stock.
Lynn strongly encouraged us to view these TED talks:
For further in-depth documentation on this issue:
(The Intergovernmantal Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the body which assesses the state of biodiversity and … ecosystem services …)
pollinator.org’s federal health strategy