Google Gets a Little Sweeter

Google's new bee hives ready to deliver sweet crop

By Scott Budman
|  Thursday, Sep 16, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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We've always known that Google's campus was a hive of activity.

Now, the company confirms that it's also hosting several hives of activity.  Google has been, for a couple of weeks now, the home of four bee hives.  The search giant is now feeling lucky enough to begin harvesting honey from its bees, the result being more tasty organic food offerings for Googlers, but even more importantly, a chance to bring something called CCD to light.

CCD is not a new-fangled search algorithm.  It stands for Colony Collapse Disorder, a problem where worker bees abandon the hive for reasons unknown.  Google tells us that in some parts of the world, as many as 50 percent of bee hives have been abandoned, which is cutting into how plants get pollinated, which affects trhe world's fruits and vegetables (if you want to know more about CCD, you could always look it up on Google).

Anyway, Google has assigned both a chef and a software engineer to the beekeeping task, working with The Marin Bee Company to keep things (wait for it) humming.  They call the project the Hiveplex, and tell us they're eager to bring out the honey harvesting knives, hand-crank the honey the old fashioned way, and taste.  While helping the environment, of course.

Scott loves the idea of harvesting bees, but it might disrupt the newscast.  He's on Twitter @scottbudman

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