Did you know that the City of Los Angeles currently outlaws beekeeping in residential areas? Why is this an urban ag issue? One reason is that worldwide, bee populations have been threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is a fairly recent phenomenon that, over the last three years, has caused the collapse of 1 in 3 honeybee colonies throughout the United States.
Honeybees are vital to our food supply. Without bees there's no pollination and without pollination, there's a negative impact on the quality and quantity of our food supply. Having a local source of honeybees will contribute greatly to local food security in Los Angeles.
The Del Rey, Greater Griffith Park, Mar Vista, and South Robinson Community Councils have voted in support of an urban beekeeping program in residentially zoned districts. The next step is for an ordinance to be passed by the City. These Community Councils are calling on Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to direct the Planning Department to introduce an ordinance allowing residents to raise their own honeybees.
That's why HoneyLove has started a petition urging the City of Los Angeles to legalize beekeeping and to let them know that this is an important issue to the residents. Not only will this help increase honeybee populations, but will contribute to the local food supply.
HoneyLove, a non-profit conservation organization is sponsoring this petition. The group's mission is to protect honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers.
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