A couple came through the park yesterday trying to pick out a site to reserve for their summer holiday in July. We got to talking, and it turns out this couple are honey producers. In fact, they are one of about 150 commercial size honey producers in Saskatchewan.
But we found out something disturbing. It's not right and we wanted to tell you about it.
To get right to the point, the honey that you buy off the shelf in the grocery store may contain up to 80% corn syrup! Even worse than that fact is that the label of ingredients probably doesn't mention corn syrup!
That's because in both Canada and the U.S., there is no government standard for honey. You can mix corn syrup with water and call it honey if you wish to. Right from the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
“…honey does not require official inspection in order to carry official USDA grade marks…there are no existing programs that require the official inspection and certification of honey…”
And buying honey that is labelled as "organic" doesn't fix the problem either. One beekeeper says...
FACT: The bees can forage over 6000 acres. No one can control if they get sprayed with pesticides or forage on genetically altered crops so the honey can not be Organic. So if you are paying a lot more because it is Organic Honey, guess what!!
The honey producers here in Saskatchewan have been lobbying the government to change the labeling rules for over 15 years! Great system we have here, isn't it?? Simply amazing.
The best way to buy pure 100% honey? Directly from the beekeeper. This particular couple we met do supply most of their honey in bulk to Bee Maid which is a co-op owned by the Canadian bee producers themselves. What happens to the honey after that, he has no control. They have to do this in order to stay in business. But some of their honey is sold directly to some of the smaller stores as well as local farmers markets.
In doing research, I came across many different articles all saying the same thing. here are some of the better ones...
My main beef with all of this is the lack of government response. How can this happen in Canada? I don't get it...