Carson Viles Posted about 2 years ago Can urban beehives increase food production? Partially in response to Don, I think it would be great to focus on increasing the number of pollinators in the urban environment. It is important to note that honey bees are not the only pollinator, and that focusing on only one species is a limited solution. Why not take a biodiverse approach to revitalizing pollinator populations? It seems like the CCD epidemic is such a problem precisely because we are too dependent on one species of bee. Also, in order for urban honey bees or other pollinators to have a significant impact on food production, we will have to re-imagine urban food production. While there are cities that feature good urban gardening programs, many cities are ill-equipped. This can be a scientific and social justice issue. For example, South-Central Los Angeles has serious pollution problems that make me skeptical about the safety of farming there. Don't people there deserve to urban farm just as much as someone in a wealthy suburb outside LA? Introducing pollinators into the urban environment is likely to be good for urban forests and other ecosystems, and has potential to help our urban food production. The second point is only true, however, if we make an effort to develop urban food production.