Outrageously, one third of honey in international trade is adulterated or 100% false.
The Honey Authenticity Project has created three infographics revealing the alarming magnitude and consequences of the rise in adulterated honey. They explain:
“The large scale counterfeiting and adulteration of honey prompts the fall of honey prices and with it, accelerates the collapse of beekeeping, the driving force to maintain bees and their pollination alive.
“A peer reviewed article published in 2015 shows that low honey prices are the main threat for honey bees, even above pesticides and pests. Although beekeepers lose hives because of pesticides or other threats, if honey has a good price, they work hard and recover lost hives. If the price falls to a level that is no longer attractive, producers go out of business and hives cannot survive on their own.
“Many indigenous producers depend on the income that beekeeping brings them. Low prices affect the peasant economy, which is already very precarious.
“The falsification of honey is a crime, it discourages beekeeping. Reduced pollination impacts food production.”
Adulterated honey imports from China and other countries threaten the future of bees and beekeepers. Make sure you know where your honey comes from, and even better, purchase it directly from a regenerative beekeeper.