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This Modular BEEcosystem Will Save the Bees and Bring Humans Closer to Them

Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

Derek Markham | Treehugger

© Living Interiors

© Living Interiors

In a bid to get more people reconnected with the nature of their food, Living Interiors' new modular observation beehive helps to highlight the critical importance of pollinators to our food system

As a backyard farmer, I've been really jazzed to see so many new solutions crop up in the homegrown food sector, especially those that focus on some of the unsung heroes of the food chain, the pollinators. We've covered stories like the DIY ‘printable' beehive,the Flow Hive, and the Aker opensource urban farming kits, the Pollinators' Paradise,bee hotels, the Buzzbench concept, and even art hives, but as far as I could find, we haven't ever written about observation hives, so the BEEcosystem is a first for us.

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An observation hive is a fully functional beehive that includes a see-through portion for observing the activities inside the hive without disturbing the bees. There are a number of different designs of observation hives already on the market, as well as plans for DIY versions, some of which are meant to be kept outside, and some of which can be mounted inside a building (although with a tube leading outdoors, so the bees can exit and enter the hive). The BEEcosystem, from Living Interiors, can be installed either indoors or out, and their modular nature allows for expansion of the hive as it grows.

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Living Interiors, which is part of Green Towers USA, makes and installs various types of furnishings that include living elements, including aquaponic systems and indoor gardens, and with this latest design, aims to make beekeeping more accessible by moving the beehive from the backyard into the living room.

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