Hello, we do hope you all enjoyed our stark but inspirational (or motivational) introduction to successful beekeeping. Our introduction was stark in the sense that we hope it served as a timely reminder that if we do not take care of our bees, there will, apart from there being no honey to enjoy, pretty much be not much food left over to eat. All will die. Our motivation stems from the positive belief that all is not lost. If you go through (your existing, or any) a definitive guide to beekeeping, you will soon learn that there is more than enough to go round.
There are more than enough men and women around who care. Among those who truly care about our natural flora and fauna are those who have gone on to become successful beekeepers. And among those success stories, all online by the way, are those who are placing strong emphasis on organic beekeeping, in its entirety. There is now a newfound realization that even commercial beekeeping, as such, can be harmful to our environment and to our human habitation. This article seeks to encourage its readers away from commercial practices and commercial products, among which will still be found (plastic) jars of honey, by highlighting some key differences between raw honey and those honeyed (or sweetened) products still being packed on our supermarket shelves today.
The best way we can think of highlighting the significant differences between raw honey and commercially produced honey is by giving a separate narrative of each. Let us start, therefore, with the bad, commercially produced non-organic honey which you will still be finding on your supermarket shelves, and lead on to the very good; raw honey, sometimes a rare find for regular shoppers but nevertheless readily available in specialist organic produce stores. The beekeeper has a unique opportunity to produce such honey first time around.
That sentiment serves as our introductory motivation for now. You can put on your thinking caps for this organic production assembly line, but as your reading, research and development widens and intensifies, you will soon learn encouragingly that producing raw, organic honey is, oh, so easy. While you are always going to be the raw custodian in terms of your beekeeping practices, most of the hard work will be done by your ever efficient bees in any case. They are duty-bound in this practice and will be doing so gladly (or willingly, as the case may be).
Those products on the supermarket shelves
First and foremost, just to substantiate the point, supermarket honey, if you will, is not organic. This article just abbreviates two of the many causes of this. Not even smallholdings and farms out in the rural, country areas are immune to this exposure. A mere acre or two across a smallholding or farm’s field of pasture, pesticides loaded with poisonous and carbon-building chemicals have been used on farm produce. Bees, in their natural habitat, love to roam. They also do this by necessity. But after flying for miles, they inadvertently collect pollen and/or nectar that have been poisoned by the pesticides.
There are other factors that lead to commercially, mass-produced honey being deemed inorganic. It is also an issue of the country’s health. Let it be known that all of its citizens and consumers are the country. But they are not all healthy, in fact, most of them are not. There is excess consumption of white processed/refined sugar that leads to debilitating diseases such as diabetes and heart failure. To this end, commercially produced honey contributes to this bad, unhealthy habit. The producers’ motivations in adding white sugar and corn syrup are to enhance the sweet taste of honey and thus make it more saleable.
But is any of this even necessary. Have any of you tasted raw or organic honey. We can vouch for it that it does taste delicious. There is a unique taste, indeed, and it is certainly nowhere near the familiar taste of white sugar. And we would like to propagate the fact that organic honey tastes much better than sugar. It is delicious and it is good for you.
Again for emphasis, we state the obvious. Raw honey is and always will be organic. It is produced by both beekeeper and his bees in the most purest and most natural state possible. The beekeeper, particularly the successful one, has invested time and some money in his research and development projects to ensure that his honey, and the honey of those wonderful bees, is entirely free of pesticides. This means having to locate to a rural but almost completely isolated area where the risk of roaming bees locating pesticide coated plantations is almost non-existent.