I was picking up a few things are the grocery store when I happened to take a good look at a bottle of honey sitting on the shelf. And when I read the label, I could see just one more reason why people should buy locally produced honey.
Whenever I talk to people about honey bees, I often tell them to support their local beekeepers. Why? There are so many reasons why. Mainly because local honey is so much healthier and contains the elements (nectar and pollen) from local fruits and vegetables and flowers which is great for people with allergies and other health issues. Plus its great to suppport the local beekeepers and their families because you keep local dollars in their pockets.
But here's another reason. Take a good look at the label from this container of "Burleson's Natural Pure Honey" that I found at the grocery store. While Burleson's is headquartered in Texas, the honey in the bottle comes from EVERYWHERE else! If you read the print, you can see that it comes from the United States, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Vietnam! So while the honey in the jar did in fact come from honey bees which makes it natural, it also comes from all over the globe. And to me, that's just not good.
I've read that almost 240 million pounds of honey is imported into the United States from a number of countries, but mainly from places like Argentina, Canada, China and Vietnam. Who knows what kind of management practices some beekeeper in Vietnam may use with his or her bees...or what chemicals they use to treat them? I've read accounts where Asian honey, tested by U.S. Customs, contained Ciprofloxacin and Enrofloxacin and different pesticides. If you remember, Ciprofloxin or 'Cipro' was the same antibiotic used to treat people exposed in the Anthrax attacks years ago. Who wants that made-made chemical compound in their honey?
Please understand that I'm not slamming beekeepers in other countries. I have many online friends who are beekeepers in other continents and countries...including Canada. And I thoroughly enjoy reading their blogs to see how they handle their bees. But when it comes to honey, I just think its better to buy a locally produced product from people you know. That way you know how they handle their bees and know about the end product. My opinion is that's its better for everyone all around.
Support your local beekeeper!