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Tipped bee hive frustrates keeper

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:55 PDT, Tue May 11, 2021

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Richmond bee enthusiast Ian Lai is angry.

A chef by trade, and the executive director of the Richmond Food Security Society, the local is frustrated at the fact someone—who he says “had to be strong enough”—knocked over one of his hives last night.

“It is a matter of public education and a revisiting of core values of community and respect,” he says. “I am very happy to meet with whoever it was to educate them about the importance of bees, biodiversity, the connection to the food system.”

Beekeeping dates back more than 10,000 years. The honey which the bees produce is mainly used in cooking, but is also a popular folk treatment for burns and other skin injuries and has long been used as a topical antibiotic in both traditional and herbal medicine.

Lai plans to inspect the hive tomorrow. He says whoever is responsible might think twice about it if they had an opportunity to understand the impact of their actions.

“Hopefully the queen was not killed in the process. If this were the case it would mean a re-queening process and would take a minimum of two to three weeks. This affects honey production and (creates) a drain on resources that would otherwise help to promote the health of the hive.”

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