Sunday, March 22, 2015

The end of honey products.. For now

Sad news.  Little sprouts farm is forced to officially shut down honey products made here.  This is not our choice,  but our duty.

As you may know..  There was a gmo ban put into place last year for our county.  This happened right about the time local farmers could have planned gmo alfalfa.  (although I can't imagine any reasonable businessman deciding to plant gmo alfalfa in a climate of potential ban,  but that's another story).  Up to now,  our farm had been far enough away from any gmo flowers to ensure that our bees never touched gmo pollen.  That has now ended despite the ban.

One farm,  only a mile from us,  has not only planted but now sued the county for the right to continue growing gmo crops or get paid some ridiculous amount of cash.   (another story). 

The bottom line is,  we now have gmo alfalfa grown within the flying distance of our bees,  so we can no longer say that honey produced here will be gmo free.  In keeping with our promise to you,  or integrity,  or business and health goals,  we can not continue in the honey business.  We have been effectively shut down against our will by this farm's exercise of choice against both the law and public sentiment.

While we contemplate our options, we wanted to explain why honey products are not on our available list anymore.  The future is of course undecided,  but for now...  We will not take any chances of selling an interior product.  I can not speak for other honey producers in this area...  Please inquire yourself when looking for an alternate supplier.  Our commitment to you stands firm,  we will not sell a product that we can not honestly say is the best,  and for now  honey produced in sams valley is contaminated  when the alfalfa blooms. 

It is sad to see this happen,  on many fronts.  Our own investment of time and money is potentially wasted due to their actions.  A health product is now not capable of being produced locally.  People loose part off their livelihood,  and others loose a necessary local product. Yes,  it is sad. But it is reality.

Hopefully this farm will see the impact they are having on their neighbors  and decide to stop this inanity.  But until then,  we all pay the price for their actions.  Hopefully no one will be physically harmed through their own backyard hives feeding of this genetically altered pollen,  only time will tell. 

Thank you for your support.

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