Saturday, January 8, 2011


All I can say about this article and video is... BUY YOUR HONEY FROM A LOCAL BEEKEEPER YOU KNOW AND TRUST!

What consumers don’t know is that honey doesn’t usually come straight – or pure – from the hive. Giant steel drums of honey bound for grocery store shelves and the food processors that crank out your cereal are in constant flow through the global market. Most honey comes from China, where beekeepers are notorious for keeping their bees healthy with antibiotics banned in North America because they seep into honey and contaminate it; packers there learn to mask the acrid notes of poor quality product by mixing in sugar or corn-based syrups to fake good taste.



Anonymous said...

I am totally against buying most foods from China (I say that as a Chinese person who is very proud of her heritage, but not so much of recent development from my ancestral country). I believe in buying locally as much as possible when we can't grow it ourselves.

Besides the icky antibiotics thing, I recall reading that one should buy honey locally if one has allergies anyway. :)

Anonymous said...

Between this and listening to Mike Palmer's talk at the treatment free beekeeping conference I've been convinced to only by honey from local sources.

Michelle said...

Hey T,

I was reading an article in E magazine and it talked about organic food from China. How we allow it to be labelled USDA organic but we aren't allowed to inspect any of the food ourselves, we actually use a 3rd party to verify that the food is truly organic... turns out that some of it wasn't. Wholefoods market was carrying some organic food from China that tested positive for pesticide residue.

I agree, for environmental purposes and safety I try to buy as much as I can on a local level. My goal this year is to explore more of the local farms & farmers markets, etc... to see what I can get.

I always wonder, with all the lead, pesticides, cadmium, etc... that comes out of China, what is happening with the health of the local people over there. Are they at risk and being put in harms way?

In the name of production and profit the governments all over the world forget about the people.

Michelle said...

a little bit of each,

Until I can get my bees to produce honey for me I'll continue to buy locally. My problem with honey has always been purity as far as ingredients. I purchased a jar once from a place in Wisconsin and it tasted like black licorice, come to find out it was a mixture of things but labelled as pure honey. YUCK! Or when honey is mixed with HFCS. Good grief! I want the good stuff :) Like Teresa mentioned, great for dealing with local allergins as well :)

Amy W said...

Ick! We usually get a gallon at a time from our local farmer's market. I'm so glad we do!

backporchsoap said...

Great post! I agree with Teresa - I take local honey to help alleviate my hayfever. I also use it in soap making!

Georgie said...

I am so lucky to have a local bee keeper who has a small stall every Saturday - thanks for this info about honey on your blog as I have learnt something.