On Monday night, August 9, the BBC News took us to the rooftop of a luxury Paris hotel with an amazing unobstructed view of the Eiffel tower. Thriving at the apex of this astounding real estate is one of the approximately 400 bee colonies that live in that bustling city.
The young beekeepers explained that “it has become fashionable to raise bees in Paris” and that the hobby allows residents to take “ecologically direct action” to help the environment.
But the truly fascinating fact is that the city bees are doing better than their counterparts in the French countryside. According to the piece, the city bees actually produce more honey.
The beekeepers speculate that bees in the city environment are exposed to fewer pesticides than rural bees. In addition, the city bees enjoy a varied flora that grows in gardens, window boxes, and curbside patches. The flowers from these plantings provide a diverse diet of nectar and pollen over an extended period, whereas the rural bees are forced to forage on monoculture crops. And after the monoculture is harvested, there is nothing left to eat.
According to the report, city-produced honey is spiking in popularity and it is frequently served in the finest hotels and restaurants in Paris—in the same buildings that provide the aerial homes for the city’s contented colonies.