W Taipei has announced the first harvest of its 120,000 rooftop bees was scheduled mid-April, a move which will not only helping the survival plight that bees face across the world, but also create a sustainable locally produced ingredient for the hotel’s F&B offerings.
According to W Taipei, the hotel has had 6 beehive boxes installed on the property’s rooftop in Taipei’s busy Xinyi district as part of the company’s latest project called Sweet Award.
W Taipei general manager Cary Gray initiated the beekeeping concept.
“The plight of honeybees is in dire straits across the world. Urban beekeeping is a cutting edge salvation for this rapidly diminishing population of buzzing friends. W Taipei has deeply studied this problem and after 8 months of expert consultations and thorough preparation toward the betterment of our future, we partnered with Syin-lu Social Welfare Foundation to bring the first bee hotel in Taiwan,” said Gray.
With around 4 litres of April expected from the harvest, part of the bee’s efforts will be used by W Taipei in menu items and beverages, such as the hotels cocktail ‘Bees Knees’ once the honey is certified. The remainder of the honey stock will be donated to the Syin-lu Social Welfare Foundation, to help those in need.
Hotels are beginning to adopt the concept of rooftop beekeeping around the world. Sustainable Hotel News reported early last year that the Traders Hotel by Shangri-La in Brisbane harvested their first honey results produced from rooftop hives home to around 60,000 bees.
According to Greenpeace, honey bees – wild and domestic – perform about 80 per cent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but the best and healthiest food – fruits, nuts, and vegetables – are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 per cent of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees.
It is thought that the worldwide bee population decline is largely due to pesticides, genetically modified crops and drought caused by climate change.