Why We Care
Bee pollination of crops is a vital part of food production worldwide. Therefore, the fact that the bee population is declining is a global issue impacting our food supply, economy and human health (Daily & Karp, 2015).
• Altogether, 35% of global food comes from pollinated crops.
• Pollinated crops are among the richest in micronutrients so a decline can cause micronutrient deficiencies in humans.
Honey is the third-most-faked food in the world, behind milk and olive oil, according to compliance management company Decernis. Honey imported from overseas is often adulterated—either by having sugars added to it or by being cleaned, heated, or filtered—and then is blended with small amounts of true honey until the sticky substance is uniform. This isn’t necessarily an issue of food safety; adulterated honey isn’t typically dangerous to eat. But it does mean that customers are paying top dollar for “raw” or “local” honey with purported health benefits that could in fact be nothing more than a mix of different sugars. Mission Beekeeping takes pride in knowing where our honey comes from and the management practices that make it a high quality product.