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What is all the BUZZ about?

Did you know bees play a direct role in the food you have on your table?

Next time you’re eating, think of this…

  • Every third mouthful of food we eat is the result of bees pollinating crops.

Flowering plants rely on bees for pollination so that they can produce fruit and seeds.

Bees are important for human survival. As pollinators, they are essential to biodiversity and plant reproduction. Many of our commercial crops rely on honey bees for pollination. But honey bees are declining at an alarming rate.

What does this have to do with St. Albert?

The City of St. Albert is researching the types of policies, guidelines and bylaws needed to regulate urban beekeeping within our Botanical Arts City. The intent is to create a bylaw that determines the scale and size of hives and bee houses, and creates a safe habitat for bees as well as for humans.

Example of a bee house being used for urban beekeeping.

Studies show that honey bees are healthier and produce more honey in urban settings, where there are fewer pesticides sprayed and a greater diversity of flowers. Urban beekeeping is part of a growing urban agriculture movement, and can help address growing food demands as the world’s population increases.

We Want to Hear from You!

Help us create an Urban Beekeeping Bylaw! Review the information, then fill out the survey!

Information boards

Survey - Deadline: May 27

All feedback will be reviewed to help inform the recommendations for the Urban Beekeeping Bylaw.

For more information visit the Urban Beekeeping webpage.

The Buzz on Honey Bees

  • Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that humans can eat.
  • Every third mouthful of food is produced by bees pollinating crops. Flowering plants rely on bees for pollination so that they can produce fruit and seeds.
  • Honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! Bees have been around for more than 30 million years.
  • A honey bee can fly 24 km in an hour at a speed of 15 mph. Its wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beat per minute.
  • Bees communicate through chemical scents called pheromones and through special bee dances.
  • Honey comes in different colours and flavours. The flower where the nectar was gathered from determines the flavour and colour of the honey.

Courtesy of Ontario Beekeepers Association

Last edited: May 23, 2017

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