To be completely honest, the urban beekeeping trend isn't for me.
I fully support the movement to help save diminishing honeybee populations but I'm also quite jittery around the little guys (although bee-cousins wasps spook me more) thanks to a couple of childhood stings, a fear of swarming animals, and My Girl. So urban beekeepers, do your thing, just give me fair warning before you invite me over.
Beehaus — from Omlet UK, the firm behind the chic backyard chicken coop, Eglu — is a safe, super-sized plastic hive that costs about $850 and is designed with urban-dwelling, aesthetic-concerned amateur apiarists in mind. It comes in white, green, yellow, red, and purple and can be ordered with a starter kit complete with a full-body beesuit and liquid smoke to keep the winged residents calm (bees are not included). When used correctly, a Beehaus can yield around 44 pounds of honey annually. Sweet.
In the video below, Beehaus "architect" Johannes Paul discusses the merits of his creation with The Guardian. You won't find a Beehaus or any type of hive on my roof anytime soon but if you're interested in what exactly the Beehaus is and how the livelihood of honeybees directly impacts agriculture and the food we eat, take a look and Paul will "show you the honey."
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