When I told my husband that I want to build an urban beehive on the roof, he thought I’d flown the coop. It’s enough that we have 15 chickens running around the urban homestead. Bees sting, he reminded me. I, like many other “informed” eco-ists know that there is something up with commercially-produced honey. It no longer tastes like honey. Turns out a lot of our honey no longer has anything valuable in it. Enter the new Philips invention: half flower pot, half honey pot.
When in need of some honey, the owner taps the base. To keep the bees docile when doing so, a smoking system is in place. Unless you leave the window open year-round and you don’t mind bees buzzing through your kitchen, I suggest keeping the honey farm out in the garden.
Countering colony collapse disorder? Looks like it is only a concept product at this stage. Philips writes:
“This is a sustainable, environmentally friendly product concept that has direct educational effects. The city benefits from the pollination, and humans benefit from the honey and the therapeutic value of observing these fascinating creatures in action. As global bee colonies are in decline, this design contributes to the preservation of the species and encourages the return of the urban bee.”