'World's Smallest McDonald's' Restaurant For Bees Is Now Open

LAD Bible By Jake Massey May 22, 2019

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Travelling the world is great because it enables you to have your eyes opened to all sorts of things you don't see at home. However, there are three things that are certain in this life, and you'll find them the world over: death, taxes and McDonald's.

As such, we shouldn't even really be that surprised the fast food chain has now opened a restaurant for bees.

The McHive is touted as 'the world's smallest' Maccies - which isn't surprising really, given it is the size of a beehive.

The restaurant is completed with impressive detail, including signage, seating, drive-thru bays and of course, the famous golden arches. However, while it may look just like a tiny Maccies, it is in fact a fully-functional beehive, not a restaurant. That means no till worker bees, bee-f burgers, double beesburgers or beenana milkshakes.

So, what is the point of the thing?

Well, the tiny diner is designed as a 'tribute' to the global chain's Swedish restaurants, some of which have beehives on their roofs. The initiative started in one of the country's outlets and has begun to swarm across the country, and it is hoped the McHive can help to create further buzz about the concept.

McDonald's has opened its smallest restaurant - which is actually a beehive. Credit: NORDDDB

McDonald's has opened its smallest restaurant - which is actually a beehive. Credit: NORDDDB

As you're probably aware, bees are crucially important to the healthy functioning of the planet's ecosystems due to the fact they pollinate about three quarters of our plants. However, climate change and the use of pesticides have resulted in a population decline, and no bees means no food - which is bad news for all of us, not just Maccies. 

Given there are more than 37,000 McDonald's restaurants across the globe, covering each one in beehives would certainly have a positive impact on bee numbers, so here's hoping the initiative does continue to spread beyond Swedish shores. 

Christoffer Rönnblad, marketing director of McDonald's Sweden, described it as a 'great idea'.

According to Adweek, he said: "We have a lot of really devoted franchisees who contribute to our sustainability work, and it feels good that we can use our size to amplify such a great idea as beehives on the rooftops."

The McHive is a 'tribute' to the Swedish restaurants that have beehives on their roofs. Credit: NORDDDB

The McHive is a 'tribute' to the Swedish restaurants that have beehives on their roofs. Credit: NORDDDB

Last year, the EU introduced a ban on pesticides that are harmful to bees. The new laws came into effect off the back of a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which found that neonicotinoids were a serious threat to bees, no matter where or how they were used.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: "The Commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority.

"Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment."

Featured Image Credit: NORDDDB


Nurturing Bees With a View

The New York Times     By Hannah Olivennes      4/3/14

LONDON — The honeybees on the roof of the luxury department store Fortnum & Mason are living the life.

The four hives, which overlook Piccadilly, have sweeping views from the Shard to Big Ben. They were made of English oak by the Welsh carpenter Kim Farley-Harper, painted in the famous Fortnum “eau de nil” turquoise and topped with gold leaf-covered finials shaped like traditional bee skeps.

Most important of all, since they arrived in 2008 the bees have had the attention of their keeper, Steve Benbow.

Mr. Benbow, 45, is an urban beekeeper who clearly loves what he does. “I live my life by my bees,” he said, his expression conveying his enthusiasm. “I get grumpy when I don’t see my bees for a while.”

On this particular day atop Fortnum & Mason, he is wearing a waistcoat over an orange shirt, jeans and a flat cap — a dapper outfit nothing like the veiled hats and gauntlet gloves used by some beekeepers.

“It’s nice to beekeep without gloves because you can be more tactile — and you can make sure you don’t squash anyone,” he noted. “You get stung quite a bit but only when you’re clumsy.”

Although, he added, “you become immune to it, and you don’t really notice it most of the time.”

Mr. Benbow opened the hives carefully and removed the 10 or so frames inside each one, taking a look at how the bees’ early efforts at creating honeycombs were coming along. Bees are very sensitive creatures, he noted. “You’ve got to be quite gentle with them, you don’t want to be banging around.”

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