City dwellers are taking up an unusual hobby in increasing numbers. Beekeeping in urban areas has become a viable, DIY way to both ensure both environmental health and provide residents with locally produced products. The main benefit of raising honey bees is the huge boost they provide in helping to pollinate the cities vegetation. The potential problems are minimal. Concerns over the danger of getting stung are offset by using docile varieties of bees, and making sure their flight path is kept over humans heads. The beekeepers also claim the honey is sweeter, due to the variety of urban plants and that cities are actually healthier for the bees because of the lack of pesticides.

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