To Bee or Not to Bee?

“Honey, let’s go grab some coke.”

“Hang on darling, there’s this giant of a man standing nearby”

The couple watched from the distance as the man hovered around. In some time, he moved away.

“The coast is clear honey…lets go for it!” They made a dash for it, starting a territorial war.

There started a game of hide and seek between a pair of bees and me; the giant in question being yours truly. I was out with family by the seaside on Sunday. The February mid-day sun was beating down on us and we had got ourselves a bottle of Coke and some soda. A couple of honey bees were incessantly after the Coke bottle.

It set me wondering; if bees were fed with coke, will we get coke flavoured honey? What about Diet Coke…will we get “low cal” honey? Bee Attack

More importantly, in a concrete jungle like Mumbai, do bees get enough flowers or do they depend on Fanta and Mangola? Globally bee population is declining due to our concrete jungles and flowers replaced by intensive farming.

In London, I was pleasantly surprised to see urban bee-keeping flourish. Hotels, commercial establishments and institutions usually use the terrace to set up beehives. In a city like Mumbai, bereft of flower gardens, even if we set up beehives, where will the bees feed? The solution is in Green roofs. Wikipedia describes a green roof as a roof of a building that is covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane.  Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect.

You don’t need to be a scientist to feel or realize the rise in temperature caused by concrete structures. When you take a walk, especially in the morning, there is an immediate and noticeable drop in temperature when you move away from a densely buildings populated area to a green area. It’s for real my friend. Green roofs need to be adopted in our cities and ought to be part of regulation sooner than later. Architects and planners should incorporate green roofs into their designs.

Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular across Europe and North America. The resultant urban honey is supposedly delicious!Urban Beehive