Your Family Cow in Chambersburg, PA has a cooperative
arrangement with organic beekeepers who place organic
bee hives on the ecofarm in a win-win for bees and crops.
When I received my e-mail newsletter from Your Family Cow this morning, I was very interested in their link to an article entitled, “Tests Show Most Store Honey isn’t Honey.” Whoa! What did the article mean by that? Hurrying through the link to the article, I read an extensive report about how much of commercially marketed store bought honey has had the pollen removed by diluting the honey to force it through finely pored sieves. Honey without pollen isn’t honey as defined by most of the health organizations in the world. Our own FDA says, “… any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey.” However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen and unless a jar of honey is purchased on the farm or, in some cases in a health food store, it probably is not really honey.
If your eyes are like mine and you are having trouble
ready this fine print, go to the original article in
Food Safety News to see the chart by clicking here.
The article continues, “Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.” The pollen in organic honey proves that the honey is unadulterated and has not been processed. It also allows the honey to be tracked from its location to tell whether the honey is safe or has toxic additives.
Our food supply is totally dependent on pollinating bees.
This morning’s Your Family Cow e-mail also tells of a new movie coming out, Queen of the Sun, that sounds an alert on the important relationship between bees and our food supply. If you are interested in going to the Queen of the Sun web site, click here. If you are interested in visiting the Your Family Cow web site, click here.
“Even though bees are small, unobtrusive creatures, they play large roles in the ecosystem. The connection between bees and humankind also is symbolic of a broader interconnection between humans and the natural world.”
If you have an interest in this book from Amazon,
hover your mouse over the following link:
Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems