Beekeeping has a definite impact ecologic impact on natural environments. This is especially the case with European bees (Apis mellifera), which were introduced into Mexico around the mid-eighteenth century. Many bees create competition with native pollinators, though the impact of this competition have not been substantiated.
Compared to other productive activities, beekeeping with European bees is not as harmful for the environment as cattle ranching or sugar cane production. Therefore we can consider it as an alternative environmentally friendly and of vital importance for rural communities.
It is also worth mentioning that many beekeepers also handle native bees. We support and promote this noble activity. There are over 40 species of native bees, even though they do not produce as much as European bees, their honey is considered to be medicinal since pre-Columbian times.