As the owners of 345 California, Metropolis Investment Holdings Inc. would like you to meet our new rooftop tenants who arrived in April 2021: honey bees! We’ve teamed up with Alveole to move toward a more eco-conscious city, and give back to our community, by taking bees under our wing and hosting one hive on our 3rd floor rooftop at 345 California.
Urban beekeeping takes flight
- The population of honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are in rapid decline all over the world. Unfortunately, several species of bees are at risk for extinction in North America.
- More than 75% of the world’s food crops rely on pollinators. Through their pollination, bees not only promote biodiversity, but they also secure our food supply.
- Bee colonies flourish in urban areas because these environments lack pesticides, have an abundance of water and floral resources, and provide a temperate climate.
- Beekeeping was traditionally an agricultural practice based on the economic benefits of honey production. Today, urban beekeeping largely exceeds economic necessity and helps raise awareness surrounding industrial agriculture and its impact on the environment.
Honey, there’s good news!
Our new winged friends will be hard at work! Thousands of new honey bees will pollinate the urban flora that surround us during the summer and we will harvest their honey at the end of the season to share with our community.