A Spoonful of Honey

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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.

Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.WCoSyOErKRs

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5 thoughts on “A Spoonful of Honey

  1. It’s amazing how a product as simple as honey can be greenwashed to the point where businesses will literally produce a product that isn’t legitimately what it is said to be. And like you mentioned with the Kroger honey, it’s obvious to tell the difference between what is real and what is not, because the fake good is typically subpar. But this was a good read. Honey is delicious, and it makes me sad to know that a majority of it isn’t even real.

    Andrew Ebding

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  2. Asha, I don’t understand how this can be true! It really blows my mind how only 3/4 of one of the most seemingly natural things is sold in stores. Many labels are deceiving when they have an environmentally friendly image on them. This makes me wonder if the most natural things that I eat are ultimately not completely natural. Nice topic.

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  3. Moriah Israel

    I find it disheartening that companies use our guilt to only create more guilt. For some reason we assume that investing in honey means investing in bees, which means investing in the environment. However, the exact opposite is true. So, where does that leave us honey lovers?

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  4. Being a honey lover as well i will not settle for any other honey besides the honey you can find at the farmers market. Not only is the home raised honey more Eco-freindly but you can defiantly agree the taste is way better.
    -claire greve

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