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Beekeeping no longer illegal in New York City

beeNY“The real danger is the skewed public perception of the danger of honeybees,” said Andrew Coté, of the New York City Beekeepers Association. Photo by Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Big Apple Lifts Beekeeper Ban

By MARIEL SMITH
Associated Press
Mar 16, 2010

Big Apple beekeepers are all a buzz with joy after the New York City’s Board of Health voted Tuesday reversed a long-standing ban on tending to honeybees.

Health officials had previously banned beekeeping because honeybees were considered just as dangerous as hyenas and poisonous snakes.

But the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene unanimously amended the law after research showed that honeybees, specifically the Apis mellifera, are not harmful to the public, citing few bee stings around the city, reported the New York Times.

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Restaurants get a little greener

mixedErica Gillespie tends to lettuce growing in planter boxes at Mixt Greens in Los Angeles. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)

Some are growing produce on site, buying from eco-conscious farmers, installing water filtration systems, recycling grease and more.

By Mary MacVean,
Los Angeles Times
March 9, 2010

Excerpt:

When Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser move their restaurant Grace downtown to the rectory of St. Vibiana’s later this year, diners will be hard-pressed to miss the earth-to-table connection.

Fraser intends to plant a garden — and not just a few containers of herbs, but 450 to 500 square feet, right outside, cater-corner from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. It will be tended by the kitchen staff, and Fraser says it could yield as much as a quarter of the produce for his kitchen. He’s eyeing a parking lot for more garden space.

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Growing biofuels on idle land in Salt Lake City

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City farming initiative at work providing biofuel for local governments

By John Daley
KLS news
March 15th, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — An innovative collaboration in sustainability is gaining steam in Utah. The goal is to grow, on what was unused city land, a plant that can be used to make a biofuel, which in turn will be used in government fleets.

Near Salt Lake International Airport, KSL News watched Jason Heward steer a John Deere tractor around 20 acres of land that had been idle for years. The project site is located at approximately 500 South and 4500 West.

Heward is the church farm manager of the Urda Church Farm near Tooele. He was readying the land for seeds of safflower, which can be crushed to make oil — a biofuel.

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