“When California was wild, it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length,
north and south, and all the way across from the snowy Sierra to the ocean.”
~John Muir, “The Bee Pastures”
Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, founded in 1873, to foster the interest of bee culture and beekeeping within Los Angeles County. Our membership is composed of commercial and urban beekeepers, and bee enthusiasts. Our purpose is the care and welfare of the honey bee. We achieve this through the education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honey bee research, and practicing best management practices for the keeping of bees.
The Latest Buzz:
DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of farmers in California and other states have started replacing some of their crops with flowers and shrubs that are enticing to bees, hoping to lower their pollination costs and restore a bee population devastated in the past few years.
On an October morning, peach farmer Mas Masumoto planted more than 3 acres of wild rose, aster, sage, manzanita and other shrubs and trees in a former grape field near Fresno, Calif.
To the north near Modesto, Calif., David Moreland was preparing to plant wildflower seeds and flowering shrubs in a ravine along his 400-acre almond orchard. Read more: http://www.foodmanufacturing.com/news/2011/10/farmers-try-restore-devastated-bee-population
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 2/6/11
The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food supply.
Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.
These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace. Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8306970/Einstein-was-right-honey-bee-collapse-threatens-global-food-security.html