In this BBC video, Michelle Obama talks bees with a group of school children helping her dig the new White House garden:
“We’re going to also have a beehive, because one of gardeners here…I’m glad you’re excited because my kids aren’t very excited about the beehive… But we’re gonna try to make our own honey here.”
The announcement of a White House beehive, bliss for beekeepers lobbying to raise the profile of nature’s most effective pollinator, was overlooked by most news outlets in favor of garden-pretty photos and plans for a potager on the White House lawn.
Not that a kitchen garden at the White House isn’t exciting enough but somebody’s gotta pollinate all that garden goodness.
UPDATE: The Honey Bee Conservancy shares the full scoop on the White House bee hive.