THE INDEPENDENT | Urban beekeeping is not saving our precious pollinators – it’s killing them

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Published: 18Apr2019

Gail MacInnis, a PhD entomology candidate and research assistant at McGill University, says that while the biggest threats in both urban and rural areas is habitat loss, urban beekeeping is an increasing threat to urban bee diversity. “You have to remember that honey bees live in colonies of up to 80,000 individual bees,” she says. “All these bees are competing for the same resources. If the floral resources in cities are limited to resident gardens and parks, and there is an influx of thousands and thousands of honey bees, the food sources for other bees are going to be depleted pretty quickly.”

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