Bees, like other pollinators, play a key role in making life possible on our planet.
It is known that 75 percent of the world’s crops depend on pollinators—without them, most of the fruits, flowers, and seeds that we know would not exist.
In addition to the well-known honey bee, there are approximately 20,000 species of pollinating wild bees distributed throughout the world, providing crucial and immeasurable ecosystem services.
Unfortunately, degenerative agricultural practices are decimating bee populations around the world. Industrial agriculture leads to loss of habitat due to deforestation, monocultures that threaten biodiversity, and the use of pesticides.
On top of this, many consumers don’t know that honey is one of the most adulterated food products in the world. Beekeepers who practice natural and regenerative beekeeping are threatened by a drastic drop in honey prices as a result of cheap adulterated honeys flooding the market.
These adulterated honeys are made using corn and cane syrups, often originating in China or India, and end up in multi-ingredient processed foods around the world.
This “honey” lacks the nutrients and properties of real honey, which is high in minerals, vitamins and trace elements, and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and soothing properties.
The influx of adulterated honey into the world market causes unfair competition and a collapse in the price of honey, particularly affecting those who practice agroecological and regenerative beekeeping.
In this essay, Ercilia Sahores, Latin America Director of Regeneration International, discusses how you can identify and support real, regenerative honey and the regenerative agricultural practices that support pollinators.