Are there places not suitable for beekeeping?


Is there ever a certain location we should steer away from placing hives? Locations that would pose a threat to bees or cause their honey to contain traces of substances not suitable for consumption?

I currently have two hives in north Brooklyn. They are in close proximity to a waste water treatment facility, a highly polluted estuary from years of industrial waste and oil spills, and two large cemeteries.

From what I know about the estuary, the oil pollution has sunk to the bottom of the water and tests have shown no harmful vapors in the air.

I didn’t think that this would be an issue, my bees seem to be doing great. But I thought I would ask anyone more experienced if they heard of certain contaminants finding its way into the honey. I assumed cemeteries are fine, but another beekeeper I know said they would be hesitant about placing their bees near them. Looking into it more, I realize they heavily rely on their own Integrated Pest Management and cemeteries will treat with chemical pesticides if need be.

At the end of the day, I know we can’t control and know where every bee will go. Interested to hear if others have any input or information.


sorry no-one replied before now. It is as you say hard to assess. However studies have shown that honey from Urban areas can often contain less contaminants than rural locations. this seems counter intuitive until you recall the vast amounts of pesticides and other chemicals that are used in modern agriculture…

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