LA abuzz about push for urban beekeeping

GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The City Council in Los Angeles has voted to begin crafting an ordinance that would allow its residents to keep bees in their backyards.

The vote Wednesday was unanimous.

Hundreds of beekeepers have been raising bees in the city's residential areas -- but for now, it's illegal.

Supporters say the city is the perfect place for beekeeping because it is warm year-round and has so many flowering plants.

They say LA is already packed with bees living in hidden places and it makes sense for safety reasons to have beekeepers caring for them instead.

But some people worry that legalizing beekeeping will bring more residents into direct contact with Africanized -- or "killer bees."

Almost all feral hives in LA contain Africanized genes that can make the colonies more aggressive.