Tag: bees

The Sweet Lowdown: Honey 101

The Sweet Lowdown: Honey 101

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Honeybees play a critical role in our food system, pollinating a third of the crops we eat, including tree nuts, stone fruit, and many other fruits and vegetables. By harvesting their honey, we also get to enjoy the sweet products of their nectar-gathering labor. CUESA has collected some delicious tidbits to help you sweet talk like a honey connoisseur.

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San Francisco Mead Company: What’s the Buzz?

San Francisco Mead Company: What’s the Buzz?

| December 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Want to taste the newest brew in town? Head down to Bayview-Hunters Point, where Oron Benary and Sarah Jones of the San Francisco Mead Company are making dry, complex, food-friendly meads from Mendocino-sourced honey.

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Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad for Bees

Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad for Bees

| August 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

The rise in urban beekeeping could end up resulting in too many bees with too few flowers to feed on, two U.K. scientists warn. That’s already the case in London, where the number of urban hives has doubled over the past five years, they say.

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Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

| May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The number of honeybees has now dwindled to the point where there may not be enough to pollinate some major U.S. crops, including almonds, blueberries and apples. And this year brought farmers closer than ever to a true pollination crisis.

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Heard the Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping?

Heard the Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping?

| April 17, 2013 | 5 Comments

Do you dream of harvesting your own super-local honey to drizzle on your breakfast bread? Wonder how hard it is to keep bees and how to start? Bay Area Bites interviewed some East Bay beekeepers and collected a swarm of resources.

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Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.

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Wild Bees Are Good For Crops, But Crops Are Bad For Bees

Wild Bees Are Good For Crops, But Crops Are Bad For Bees

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

When it comes to pollinating our favorite crops — from coffee to watermelon — honeybees can’t do it alone. Wild bees in the field play a critical role in creating bumper crops, a massive new study reports. But these bees are disappearing, and scientists say the rise of crop monocultures is partly to blame.

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Honey Day at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market

Honey Day at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market

Chilly weather doesn’t stop CUESA from celebrating bees and honey at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. With recipes for Honey Ice Cream and Strawberry Oven Jam.

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Death of the Bees

Death of the Bees

“We’re trying to turn this into something positive,” says Karen Peteros, the founder of SF Bee-Cause, whose hives at the Hayes Valley Farm were recently sprayed with pesticide, killing all bees inside. Her hope? Creating a network of “bee ambassadors” who can do education and outreach all around the city, showing that there’s a place for bees in the city, and that supporting pollinators is a good thing.

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Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies

Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies

| March 2, 2009 | 1 Comment

With spring just a few weeks away, it’s a busy day at the Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies. In between ringing up jars of local honey, three generations of the Stewart family answer a stream of questions with both patience and passion. If you’re curious about how bees make honey, which size wick to use in your candle-making, the science of animal communications or the health benefits of bee pollen, there’s no better place to spend an afternoon. If you’re already a dedicated beekeeper, well, then, you’ve probably already met Nancy and Fred, the proprietor and the talker, respectively, who run this gem of a shop.

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Honey Bees

Honey Bees

| April 21, 2008 | 3 Comments

I’m not sure my neural pathways for good ice cream and the future of agriculture have ever sparked simultaneously before, but a recent posting sure caught my attention. If you happen to know someone who recently received their Ph.D. in entomology, you can point them, too, toward Haagen-Dazs’ recently established fellowship in honey bee biology […]

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