Oslo builds the world's first urban bee highway
Norway has created the world's first urban bee highway in order to protect the now endangered species.
By lining city blocks with flowers such as marigolds and sunflowers, species which produce nectar, bees can pollinate and feed. Shelter blocks have also been built along the pathways, some including beehives.
Bees are currently worth big money. Because 30-40 percent of food production relies on pollination, a service which bees do naturally, protecting the species is crucial for global agriculture. Currently a third of the wild bee species in Norway are endangered, which is less than those in the United States and southern Europe. Some farmers in China have now resorted to pollinating bees by hand, due to the changing climates' effect on the species.
Marie Skjelbred. accountant at a major firm which helped fund the project, says, “The workers live about 60 days. During their lives, they don’t produce more than a spoon of honey. If we did their job, paid at the minimum wage, a pot of honey would cost $182,000.”
Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmentally conscious organization spearheading the project, believes “We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it. To correct that we need to return places to them to live and feed.”
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