Beekeeping May Be Legalized in City

Friday, December 18, 2009

Beekeeper Beekeeper (wohack/flickr)

Beekeeping may soon be legal in New York City.

The Board of Health has proposed lifting a longstanding ban on the practice.  Despite the threat of bee stings, the Health Department says beekeeping does not pose a public health risk.

All bees were banned as dangerous in the original Health Code article 161.01 because of their ability to sting people. After the Board of Health received a petition from a group wanting to promote honey-bee keeping as sustainable agriculture, the Health Department looked into urban beekeeping and found that responsible urban beekeeping does not pose a public health issue.

The public has until February 3 to comment on the proposal.

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