The big story about honey these past couple of years is colony collapse disorder, the disturbing phenomenon of mass die-offs of bees. But one I learned about years ago that doesn't get enough play is that what is sold as honey in most U.S. markets actually isn't: it's all sorts of additives with only a hint of the stuff. And one thing I learned today from a blockbuster report in Food Safety News is that at least a third of all the honey eaten in the United States--if not more--actually comes from China through a long, tortured process that involves contamination, duplicity and smuggling.
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China already owns our debt, but our honey? WAKE UP, PEOPLE!
The author of the story was two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Schneider, so you know it's not a Coast to Coast conspiracy. Tellingly, none of the major honey sellers in the United States returned Schneider's request for comments. Read the piece--it's investigative journalism at its best.
The takeaway, of course, is to purchase honey from your local beekeeper--I've always liked Backyard Bees the best, since all of their honey is sourced from Orange County and they get in fights with exterminating zealots even though they're such sweet ladies...