By Asha Brogan
I love honey. My friends have been known to give me jars of honey for christmas and birthdays, when traveling I’ll pick up little containers and bottles and eat the honey straight with a spoon and keep the container as a souvenir. Theres always a bottle of honey somewhere in my house, but depending of my week to week financial situation the quality of that honey varies. More then once I was forced to buy the cheap Kroger brand honey just to tide myself over, but it never tastes quite the same and the reason could be that it isn’t real honey.
Honey brings connotations of happy bees flying around collecting nectar from flowers, a truly beautiful image. With bee populations threatened nation wide buying honey seems like a way to participate in the bee epidemic and consume a wholesome and natural product, but what honey companies don’t tell you is that over 3/4 of the product sold in stores isn’t actually honey.
The product has been filtered out to have the pollen removed thus making it impossible to tell where the honey came from if even in the US. Not to mention the extraction techniques are very harmful to bees resulting in the fact that most consumption of honey is in fact detrimental to bees and the already endangered bee populations. Companies greenwash their honey by completely leaving off where the honey comes from and leading the consumer to believe that with a couple flowers on the label all honey equals happy carefree bees. Something most consumers and even myself have chosen to accept.