[permaculture] Are there risks involved with the consumption of honey imported from South American and other regions of the World?

Kevin Topek ktopek at comcast.net
Thu Feb 21 09:02:36 EST 2008


Lawrence,

It is always best to consume local honey. The local pollens in the honey
help prevent allergic reactions to local blooming species. It helps local
beekeepers stay in business. It encourages the keeping of bees locally. I
just returned from Argentina and did not notice more pesticide or herbicide
use than in other developed agricultural nations. In fact I really miss the
high quality dairy products. Argentina produces a lot of wheat, zapote
squash and tomatoes, the 3 largest commodities. Only tomatoes are usually
treated and a lot of those were grown in greenhouses. I am sure the honey
you are eating is fine, it is just not local!

Kevin Topek, amateur apiculturist

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lawrence F. London, Jr." <lflj at intrex.net>
To: "Biodynamic Food and Farming Discussion" <bdnow at envirolink.org>;
"permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:35 AM
Subject: [permaculture] Are there risks involved with the consumption of
honey imported from South American and other regions of the World?


>
> Are there risks involved with the consumption of honey imported from South
American and other regions of the World?
>
> I eat a lot of honey bought from the supermarket chains. Its cheap,
accessable and tasty. I use it on toast and in
> coffee. The label says "product of USA and Argentina". Argentina is where
most agriculture there is GMO with soybean,
> probably roundupready, dominating.
>
> Because of the prevalence of conventional agriculture practices in South
America, that is to say GMO, conventional, use
> of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, could one expect the
honey to contain unsafe levels of any
> agricultural pesticide, herbicide or GMO pollen residues?
>
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