Leigh-Kathryn Bonner sets up hives at workplaces.
“Seventy of the world’s top 100 food crops are thanks to honeybees. Each year, in the United States, we lose about 40% of the bees,” she tells the BBC. Her start-up, Bee Downtown, puts hives on the roofs of offices and campuses, and enlists the help of the customers’ own workers to tend the hives. “It’s a fully built-out employee engagement, leadership development and sustainability programme,” the fourth-generation beekeeper says.
“Their employees are putting on a different kind of suit for the day – a beekeeper suit.”
In its first four years, the start-up homed some 7.5 million bees in workplaces around the US – including the New York Stock Exchange.