Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Honey made from... High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Most people just dont realize, we didnt, that most commercial honey, even local, is not actually "pure " honey.  There is a common practice of bee keepers harvesting all the honey at once, and feeding the bees sugar or even HFCS to sustain them until they can replace the honey.

Now, sure, I understand that this doesn't actually get into the honey itself. But stop and think, is this good for the bees? The bees do produce the honey, so doesn't it make sense that something that compromises the health of the bees will compromise the quality of the honey? do you want to buy honey from weakened bees?

One promise we make to you is that Little Sprouts will never follow this practice.  Our bees retain enough honey at each harvest to live on until the rebuild the supply. In essence, we only harvest the surplus. AND if feeding supplementally is ever necessary, we will only feed honey, not sugar water.  This does increase the cost of the honey by lower production per colony, but it is well worth it in the end to us. We simply wont sacrifice any of our farm animals or insects for the sake of o higher profits or production.

Here is a link to an interesting recent study that shows a link between HFCS and bee health decline. Worth a read.


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