The invisible urban worker

Urban beekeeping creates alternatives: local honey, garden pollination throughout the city, and overall perennial greening.

The world population of bees is in dramatic decline, what with climate change, widespread use of pesticides, habitat loss and new diseases and parasites.

The phenomenon is alarming because bees play a major role in fruit, vegetable and nut production: about a third of what we eat relies on their pollination.

But cities, contrary to what we may believe, are truly the best place for bees: there are strict anti-pesticide laws, untapped floral diversity and largely unused rooftop space.

Worker bees live for about 30 days.

Bees usually visit trees, plants and flowers within a 5 km radius of their hive.

Bees are vegan! Wasps are the carnivorous little beasts that bother you so much.

A hive has 50,000 bees but only one queen, who lays 2,000 eggs a day.

Altruistic to the core, bees dedicate their lives to the well-being of the colony.

Unlike mosquitos and wasps, honeybees rarely sting. When they do, they die immediately.

Honey by the borough

In Canada, 75% of honey comes from elsewhere. There is no say on whether it is blended, cut with corn syrup, or GMO. For the sake of quality and transparency, it would be ideal for consumers and sellers alike if we could rely more heavily on local honey.

Each of Montreal's neighbourhood honeys has a unique colour and taste. Urban honey is not at all polluted; quite the contrary. There are less pesticides in urban honey than there are in certain honeys from the countryside.

Alvéole's neighbourhood honey stems from artisanal production, wherein honey is extracted separately from individual neighbourhood hives. This lets us celebrate the floral variations unique to each microhabitat.

An urban hive makes about 10 kg of honey every year!

One worker bee makes about an 8th of a teaspoon of honey in its life.

Honey produced right next to where you live can help with seasonal allergies.

Pasteurized honey is not honey. It has lost its natural vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, not to mention most of its taste.

Bees search at a distance of 5 km for resources to bring back to the hive.

Bees cover a distance equal to 4 times the circumference of the globe just to produce 1 kg of honey.

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