Trend is driven by young hobbyists and green entrepreneurs:
“Honey from city hives makes its way into swanky restaurant kitchens and behind the bar, where it’s mixed into cocktails or stars as an ingredient in honey wine…City governments, won over by beekeepers’ passion, are easing restrictions. In recent years, New York, Denver, Milwaukee and Santa Monica have made beekeeping legal. The Backwards Beekeepers group is working to legalize beekeeping in Los Angeles.”
In advance of a House hearing on the status of colony collapse disorder, the name given to the disappearing bee syndrome, some 21 House and Senate Democrats and Republicans will join Burt’s Bees and Häagen Dazs Wednesday at a conference to air the problems facing the bee. Right smack in the middle of National Pollinator Week, the event on Capitol Hill will feature lawmakers interested in the bee, like Sen. Hillary Clinton and House Agriculture Committee’s Rep. Dennis Cardoza, the nation’s bee man, the Agriculture Department’s Jeff Pettis, and supporters from Häagen Dazs and Burt’s Bees. Afterward, Häagen Dazs’s new vanilla honey bee ice cream will be served and Burt’s “Help Honey Bees” lip balm will be offered.
I was reading up on the honeybee die-off known as colony collapse disorder (CCD) and found a couple of sites to bookmark:
Full article at The NYTimes
“Today, the couple’s quirky enterprise is owned by the Clorox Company, a consumer products giant best known for making bleach, which bought it for $913 million in November. Clorox plans to turn Burt’s Bees into a mainstream American brand sold in big-box stores like Wal-Mart. Along the way, Clorox executives say, they plan to learn from unusual business practices at Burt’s Bees — many centered on environmental sustainability. Clorox, the company promises, is going green. “