Honey, Honey?

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Honey_Bees Honey is a “Monosaccharide”  one of the world’s most basic building blocks of food.  Not only is it one of the world’s finest, most natural foods, it’s high in energy, and has 20% protein content.  So there should be no trouble getting kids to take it, even when they’re sick and have little or no appetite.  It also makes terrific wine, as I experienced many years ago, with a gallon jugful I made back in the 1970’s.

For lots of information on it’s miraculous properties and how it’s produced, you can click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey or even 10 Facts About Honey Bees 

One of my greatest concerns today however is the rate at which we’re losing our bee population.  In past years we had European Fowl Brood Disease, followed some years later by the American Fowl Brood diseases.  These were kind of the equivalent to the human common cold, followed by Pneumonia for example.

But today’s problem is referred to as Neonicotinoid, a systemic insecticide, which is absorbed through food intake, or even contact, and so affects insects and to a lesser but still troublesome degree, birds. There’s a good article here about a Beekeeper and the catastrophic effects for that industry.  This is by far the worst thing yet to hit the bee population, worldwide.

In years past, DDT was the culprit residual contact poison.  This was a powder which was broadcast onto fruit and vegetable crops, and was well known for its leaching into lakes and streams.  So it has been off the market in most western countries since the 1970’s, but is still manufactured and sold in third world areas.

Also, prior to Neonicotinoids, a popular insecticide “Pyrethrum” was popular.  This is actually a synthetic imitation of the natural defense mechanism produced by flowers, especially the Chrysanthemum!  In the farm field application it could rain, and need to be done all over again.

But if you love honey as much as I do 🙂 or understand the importance of effective pollination to get a crop of apples for example, you might contact your political representative.  I’m beginning to think that’s a lousy choice, but perhaps with associations, demonstrations and other forms of peer pressure, something could be done about it.

So we MUST find reliable sources of ORGANIC FOOD.  And if you’re into gardening you can do as many do, and plant some Chrysanthemums between rows of those most affected by insect damage!

To your health!

John