Strike: Bee delivery gets exemption

Bees are vital to organic tomato farms in Iceland.

Bees are vital to organic tomato farms in Iceland. Photo: Sigurður Ægisson

Bees are vital to tomato farmers in Iceland to pollinate plants and an exemption was made from the vet's strike for the delivery of bees to Iceland. 

"Our bee hives last for a few weeks," explains Axel Thorsteinsson at the Brún vegetable farm which grows cherry tomatoes. "We'd received beehives before the strike began but we were really running out of time when these new bees finally arrived."

The tomatoes at Brún are organically grown without any fertilisers or pesticides. Bees take care of pollenating the plants and wasps keep other insects away. 

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