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Bees buzzing in many Korean cities

Min Dong-seok (R), secretary-general of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, and Park Jin, head of the Urban Bees Seoul, show hives during a ceremony to harvest honey on the rooftop of the commission’s building in downtown Seoul.

According to the Seoul city government, the nation’s capital now has 300 beehives in 27 places, up from 186 hives in 21 areas last year.

By Hwang Seok-joo
YoonHop News
March 26, 2016


However, Park Jin, the head of Urban Bees Seoul (UBS), an urban beekeeping cooperative in Seoul, refutes that bees rarely attack people unless they are provoked.

“People have a tendency to vaguely assume that honey bees are dangerous and to worry that honey collected in cities might be polluted,” Park said.

An earlier probe by the Seoul-based Institute of Health and Environment found no heavy metals like lead and cadmium in honey produced even in heavily-crowded Myeongdong in downtown Seoul, he said.

“Moreover, hobby beekeepers, unlike some of their professional counterparts, neither use antibiotics or pesticides, nor move their hives for more yields,” Park said.

He stressed that urban beekeeping is fundamentally different from commercial beekeeping in its goal and production method.

“Urban beekeeping puts a strong emphasis on bettering an urban environment through co-existence with bees. Economic interest is secondary,” Park said.

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