Bee Colonies Thrive in Paris. Really, That’s a Good Thing.

Travel Blog  •  Valerie Conners  •  10.03.08 | 12:33 PM ET

imageA French program to promote beekeeping in cities has yielded at least 300 bee colonies in Paris, some in the unlikeliest of places—like the roofs of hotels and the Paris Opera House.

While the program exists to foster awareness of pollination’s importance to global agriculture, visitors to the city will also reap the benefits: The honey is sold in gift shops and served for breakfast at local hotels.

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Photo by david.nikonvscanon via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Valerie Conners

Valerie Conners is the senior producer and editor at World Hum.

3 Comments for Bee Colonies Thrive in Paris. Really, That’s a Good Thing.

Jerry Haines 10.04.08 | 7:36 AM ET

Hey, cool!  My late father was a beekeeper, albeit in rural Minnesota rather than Paris, so I grew up around them.  He was one of only a few beekeepers in an area otherwise dominated by dairy farms.  He used to claim he had the most livestock of any farmer in the county.

“How can you know that?” people would say:  “How do you count bees?”

“It’s easy,” he’d respond.  “Just count their legs and divide by six.”

Nisha 10.05.08 | 6:44 PM ET

I think this is one of the coolest things I’ve read all week! The world needs to wake up and realize that our natural resources need to be preserved and respected. Although I don’t like most insects, I respect them for their purpose and unique beauty. Cool beekeeper story, Jerry!

Grizzly Bear Mom 10.06.08 | 11:03 AM ET

Hurray for Paris!  Although I am very sensitive to insect bites (what IS the purpose of fleas, mosquitos, and chiggers anyway?) bees are important in nature and agriculture as pollinators.  Also, if we are sensible (avoid wearing flower colors and scents) bees leave us alone when we leave them alone.

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