The past decade has brought about some scary changes in the animal kingdom, but few have been scarier than the decline in the bee population. However, it is due, in part, to the decline of bees that Los Angeles has voted to make backyard beekeeping legal in the city - something that hadn't been legal previously. Beekeeping has surged in popularity, and it has been going on in the suburbs of LA and even within the urban areas. Many people in LA were afraid of the declining problem and decided to take it into their own hands.
City Council has instructed the city attorneys to prepare the ordinance that will allow all homeowners in LA to build and maintain their own hives. Of course there will be limits, but a final version is expected soon.
Bees are important because they pollinate crops, many of which are grown in California, including apples, almonds, and oranges. According to Tech Times, bees are responsible for pollinating a whopping $30 billion of crops each and every year - a third of the food that we eat. The decrease has been because of pesticides and other diseases, but also because of human involvement.
“We want to enable this increasingly popular activity even while we preserve the rights of the city to address any complaints about poorly maintained hives,” said Councilman Jose Huizar.
Some residents expressed concern that the bees would be too aggressive, but officials said that honeybees are not aggressive in nature. However, they may sting if their hives are approached, so people should take caution.
Huizar also said that the move could benefit the state’s major agricultural industries, as some almond growers are currently paying top dollar to maintain hives in places as far as New Zealand.
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LA, if they approve it, will join Santa Monica, New York State, and Denver in legalizing backyard beekeeping.