Not Cool! Bees at Hayes Valley Farm in San Francisco Attacked

Bees pollinating flowers

Why would a person maliciously kill bees on an urban farm? The Hayes Valley Farm in San Francisco had its bee farm attacked last week. Someone deliberately sprayed pesticide into the vent holes of their honey bee colonies. The result? Over 60 percent of the bees in the colony were killed. More than the money lost, the emotional affect is difficult. The HVF is working hard to create a better urban community only to have a local resident turn on them. It seems there’s been some misunderstanding about bees.

Many farms are focused as much on education, as growing and selling produce. If anything good can come out of this, perhaps it can help raise awareness about the importance of bees in our environment. Bees are an essential part of the ecosystem, pollinating as much as one sixth of the flowering plants in the world and over 100 agricultural crops in the U.S.

Scientists have long noticed that bee populations have been dwindling. Numerous theories abound as to why that’s the case. Be it overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, air pollution from carbon dioxide or cell phone radiation, our bees have been affected. It seems that urban beekeeping has made a significant impact on increasing bee numbers. Let’s hope that urban punks won’t destroy these efforts.

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5 thoughts on “Not Cool! Bees at Hayes Valley Farm in San Francisco Attacked

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  2. Oh dear, that is heartbreaking. I had something similar happen, but not with my bees. I like in a complex where we have a communal garden area. I grew all sorts of veggies and berries this year. We were lucky enough to have a lovely endangered species of ladybug in our garden, but one of our neighbor decided to take it upon himself to spray very harmful pesticide on some of our plants to kill ants. It not only killed many of the ladybugs, but it made many of our crops inedible. It was heartbreaking. We are slowly trying to rebuild the little ecosystem we had going in our tiny plot.

  3. It seems like it may have been someone with an irrational fear of bees, thinking that they are pesky and dangerous…afraid of getting stung. Very very sad. :(

  4. This is so sad. Clearly the rehabilitation of bee keeping with the mainstream population has a long way to go.

 

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