Keeping honeybees in dense urban areas may first appear as just another eccentric gimmick of the local food hipster movement, but it has, in reality, been an integral part of world’s major cities for years. As the number of bee colonies has plummeted significantly in recent decades, this became a serious topic of scientific inquiry. It turns out that human agricultural activity has had a devastating effect on bees. Intensive farming, introduction of chemistry, such as pesticides or herbicides, and especially expanding of monoculture land, has forced bees out of their natural habitat. And it forced them into cities.
A set of pictures created at a subterranean farm in central London. Located inside a disused WW2 bunker, Growing Underground is deemed one of London’s most innovative food startups. Growing pesticide-free micro-greens all year round in the heart of one of world’s biggest cities may seem like an exercise in futility, but the team around Steven Dring and Richard Ballard succeeded in transforming a vacant Clapham bunker to a futuristic food-lab, held in high regard by some of London’s finest restaurants.