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Honey without pollen

Honey without pollen

Did you know?

Natural unprocessed honey contains pollen. Lot’s of pollen.  And pollen can indicate where the honey was produced.  Food Safety News writes…”The food safety divisions of the  World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”  Why is this important?  The U.S. has strict requirements on the quality of honey imported into the country. It must be free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.  By removing the pollen through ultrafiltration, a country can hide the origin of the honey and thus export honey that normally would not meet the strict standards. Look at the label of your honey container…..  Know where your honey comes from. Bottom line: buy local if possible. To read the entire article click here.

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Here are three stories I picked up this past week that I want to share  with you.

Bee Story #1: The Brooklyn Bees.

Hurricane Irene created havoc in Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn, NY. when the storm exposed a huge beehive in a hollowed out branch in a tree in the park.  Hoping to obtain a great swarm, two beekeepers arrived on the scene at the same time.  A lot of buzzing ensued, and most of it came from the two rival beekeepers!  Hah! You can read more about this encounter by clicking on this photo.

Hive exposed by Hurricane Irene in Brooklyn, NY.

Bee Story #2: White House Honey 

The First Beehive, next to Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, produced an incredible 225.5 pounds of honey this year!  Located on the South Lawn of the White House, the bees have had plenty of nectar from all the surrounding flowering trees.  The honey is used for cooking and baking in the WH kitchen, as gifts to foreign dignitaries, and has even been brewed into an ale.  Click on the photos for more info.

White House Honey Ale

White House Honey jar

White House beehive

Bee Story #3: Why You Should Eat Local Honey

–  U.S. consumes 400 million pounds of honey…. about 1.3 pounds per person

–  35% is consumed directly in homes, restaurants and institutions

–  65% is used in cereals, baked goods, sauces, beverages and processed foods

– U.S. can only supply about half of this demand.

–  40% comes from reliable suppliers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay and Mexico

–  60% comes from Asian countries, mainly China

–  Because much of the honey from China has been shown to be tainted with illegal antibiotic and heavy metals, it is illegal to import  it into Europe.

– In 2001, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed a stiff tariff on Chinese honey to try to halt the dumping of cheap honey into the American market

–  Because of all these restrictions, the Chinese are concealing the origin of their honey, sending it to other countries and relabeling it.

–  They are processing the honey by ultrafiltration to remove “floral fingerprints” and indicators of added sweeteners.

Do you know where your honey came from?    

You will if you buy your honey from your local beekeeper!

Click here for more detailed information about this.

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