And Why Shouldn’t You Have A Swank Gadget for Keeping Bees At Home?
“Five years ago, honeybee colonies started dying off. No one knows why. Some theories point to the impact of pesticide use or the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus, which is transmitted by a Varooamite. Whatever the cause, it’s bad news for bees and the crops they pollinate. Oddly enough, bees are doing better in cities than in the countryside—which may shed light on the cause of their disappearance—and some urban dwellers have begun keeping bees to help stem their decline. Seizing on the trend, Philips recently unveiled an at-home hive, allowing anyone—anyone, that is, who isn’t deathly allergic to bee stings—the ability to harvest fresh honey from their window.
The concept is part of the Dutch electronic company’s Microbial Home design, an eco-system concept unveiled at this year’s Dutch design week. (Click here for an earlier post on the kitchen component, which is powered in part by human poop.)”
Another great example how to bring nature back to urban areas. As products like sugar and coffee are starting to be effected by climate change and escalating transportation costs, urban centers might turn to honey-production to satisfy our sweet tooth.