NOW:53150:USA01489
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01489
70°
H 70° L 55°
Clear | 12MPH

Inpro takes steps to save Wisconsin state insect

May 16, 2014

The plight of the common honey bee has seen increasing media coverage due to something called colony collapse disorder, where the worker bees in a hive simply disappear. There has been a drastic rise in the number of disappearances in North America.

Inpro decided to do its part in reversing the trend, and installed a honey bee sanctuary on its corporate campus outside Milwaukee. The initial population introduced in the hives was 6,000-7,000 bees, which Inpro hopes will grow to about 60,000 bees once the hives are in full production this summer.

Commercial bee colonies have dropped by half since the 1980s. Theories as to the cause of colony collapse range from pesticides, to a type of mite, to unknown pathogens, but solid answers to reverse the trend remain elusive. The danger of the bee collapse is significant as numerous agricultural crops rely on bees for pollination. According to the UN, close to $200 billion worth crops globally are dependent on bees to help in spreading pollen.

The sweet side of this story is Inpro will sell the honey from the hives to employees and their families, and promote buying locally from other honey producers. The proceeds from Inpro honey sales will be used to expand the bee sanctuary and other sustainability projects at the company.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Top 10 things to see and do at the Wisconsin State Fair 09:06 AM

» Jury trial set for Rep. Bill Kramer on sexual assault charges 7/26

» A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair 7/15

» Man hospitalized in police custody after New Berlin police standoff 7/11

» New Berlin strip mall standoff appears to be over Updated:  7/9

» Former Salentine property in Muskego to be self-storage business, coffee shop 7/3

» Costco proposes store in New Berlin; considers Pleasant Prairie Updated:  7/3

» Self-storage — and coffee house — proposed for former Buick dealership 6/27

» Milwaukee suburbs Fourth of July 2014 celebrations 6/20

» Social media photos of the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin 6/18

» Fire destroys trailer home in Franklin 6/14

» New option surfaces for Muskego High School weight room 6/4

» Muskego softball team tips North to claim Classic 8 championship 5/30

» New Berlin West High School students evacuated due to smoke from lab 5/28

» Bill Kramer pleads not guilty to sexual assault, waives hearing Updated:  5/15

» New Berlin schools listed among top in Wisconsin for college placements 5/5

» Victim ID'd in fatal Waukesha car crash 5/5

» Communities net $1.2 million rebate from Waukesha County recycling 4/21

» New Berlin accepts offers for two former school properties 4/17

» Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek battles car fire in Muskego 4/16

» Waukesha County Board OKs recycling program with Milwaukee Updated:  4/9

» Ex-MSOE dean gets year in jail for drunken, wrong-way freeway drive 4/3

» Muskego manufacturer plans new headquarters 4/1

» Woman accusing Bill Kramer of 2011 sex assault asked about job in 2013 Updated:  3/31

» Speaker Vos considering expulsion if Bill Kramer doesn't quit Legislature Updated:  3/30

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Local Business Directory

CONNECT