New York's buzzing as city lifts bee ban
NEW York is about to hum to a new sound -- the gentle buzzing of bees -- following a decision to end a ban on beekeeping in the city, writes Tom Leonard.
Apiarists, who have long had to hide their activities with camouflaged hives, were celebrating last week. They predicted a beekeeping boom among New Yorkers anxious to connect with nature.
The ban was overturned by the city's health board following a campaign led by locally produced food campaigners.
Apiarists will now only need to register their hives and guarantee that they can control swarms.
Other US cities have thriving beekeeping communities. However, in 1999 the New York administration of Mayor Rudy Giuliani responded to a growing problem of exotic pets by drawing up a list of 100 types of wild animal s banned from the city. They included grizzly bears, elephants, ferrets and bees.