Legalize Residential Beekeeping in Santa Ana!
Did you know that 30% of our food supply requires pollination by a pollinator, most effectively the honeybee?
Currently bees are not allowed in residential and commercial areas of Santa Ana. (Ord. No. NS-1466, § 7, 2-5-79; Sec. 5-7)
Help us inspire the City Planning Department to initiate an ordinance that would allow Santa Ana residents (with proper guidance) to raise their own honeybees, a practice that helps boost struggling honeybee populations and ensures local food security.
Cities across the country have legalized urban beekeeping as they understand the integral component bees play in our food system. Some examples are: Atlanta, New York, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Spokane, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and most recently Los Angeles. Even Toronto and Vancouver in Canada allow bees!
Beekeeping benefits the public, provides economic benefits, and supports environmental resilience!
Local Food Production: Urban beekeeping can contribute to greater production in our community & home gardens as well as public parks.
Small Business/Economic Development: One colony of bees can yield anywhere from 30 to 150 pounds of honey, as well as other high-value products including honeycomb, beeswax, pollen, and royal jelly. Honey alone has a market value of at least $10-$12 per pound, contributing significantly to a beekeeper’s supplemental income.
Connect to Nature: Urban beekeeping is not only good for the bees and their currently dwindling numbers, but a way for urbanites to reconnect with the natural world.
Save the bees: Despite the vital necessity of the honeybee to our crops and overall livelihood, honeybees are dying at a rapid rate due to pesticide use, genetic manipulation, poor diet, and disease. Urban and suburban environments have a diversity of food choices for bees, allowing them to thrive under proper care. Let’s help them help us!
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