CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2012 |
After dinner one night in downtown Los Angeles, my waiter offered me a better tip than the one I'd just left him. He and his girlfriend were up to something illegal, he whispered. And he wanted to let me in on it. No, they weren't robbing banks or fleecing senior citizens. They were beekeepers, said Adam Novicki. They tend to a thriving hive of backyard honeybees, which are critical to food supplies. But although we're in the midst of a mysterious national bee decline known as colony collapse, having an apiary in the city of Los Angeles is illegal.
February 15, 2012 |
See once again the connectedness of everything: Central California's almond crop is threatened by the high price of corn in places like North Dakota. And the connection, of course, is bees. Billions and billions of bees. We have previously commented on this blog about the overwhelming importance of a series of little-discussed programs under the Conservation Title XII of the Farm Bill that preserve the nation's flora and fauna. One example is the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, which pays farmers a fee to keep portions of their acreage out of crop production for a number of years; this set-aside aids ground-nesting birds and other critters, helps restore the soil and gives farmers an option to make a few bucks from less-than-optimal cropland or when crop prices are low. National Public Radio came out with a terrific story yesterday showing how that CRP program in North Dakota is vital to the almond crop in California's Central Valley.
April 10, 2013 |
This being Utah, the self-proclaimed Beehive State, Darren Cox is an expert in -- what else -- bees. Civic fathers use the term for the population's strong work ethic, but Cox deals with the stinging, honey-producing real McCoy. Now the fourth-generation bee farmer is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder. Cox, 48, who lives in Logan but has 5,000 hives in Utah, California's Central Valley and Wyoming, received the award from the American Honey Producers Assn.
March 21, 2013 |
The plight of bees is headed to a courtroom. A coalition of beekeepers, environmentalists and consumer groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency this week, contending the agency has not done enough to protect bees from pesticides, which they say are linked to the increasing bee-colony collapse problem. The suit, filed by the Center for Food Safety, says the class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids are improperly regulated. The group calls for halting the use of the pesticide until more is known about the effects on bees and other pollinators.
February 16, 2014
Re "To bee, or not to bee?," Feb. 13 Like one of the bee-keepers in your article, I live in Mt. Washington. Several years ago, my former neighbor kept bees. I am allergic to bee stings and had told him so as soon as I saw the hive box in his yard. One day, as I was coming home from work, I got out of my car and threw some trash away. My trash cans are right across from my neighbor's garage, where he was trying to extract the honey, unbeknown to me. The bees attacked me as soon as I reached my trash cans.
December 27, 2013 |
Los Angeles is honeybee heaven. The warm Southern California climate and long growing seasons provide year-round food for bees. The city's trees, flowers and flora are largely free of pesticides. It's the perfect place for backyard beekeeping - except that beekeeping is not legal here. That could soon change. A group of bee advocates and neighborhood councils has been lobbying the City Council to expressly allow beekeeping on single-family residential lots. Current law permits it only in areas zoned for agriculture.