Honey bees pollinate the vast majority of the world’s plants and are responsible for over 80% of the food we eat. However, a number of factors including the varroa mite, changing agricultural practices, loss of habitat and the mass production of bees have crippled their world. As a result, honey bees are disappearing at a dizzying rate, endangering the future of agriculture and our world altogether. In 2015, U.S. beekeepers lost 44% of their hives, the second highest losses in the last 10 years.
Bee Downtown is fighting this important problem by creating and selling beehives and clear storefront observatory hives in cities, where studies show honey bees thrive due to the availability of diverse food sources, stable living environments and continuous floral sources throughout the year. These hives help rebuild healthy honey bee populations in cities and in return, our bees attract interested visitors to businesses, and serve as a progressive marketing tool for the increasingly conscientious consumer.