New bee threat more media hype than reality

Jan. 17, 2012 - Alarms sounded across the nation when a university study reported a “deadly fly parasite” now threatens the lives of honeybees, making them act “zombie-like” and saying it’s “consistent” with Colony Collapse Disorder, which is thought to destroy bees around the world.

This report of the bees’ demise seems akin to Mark Twain hearing of his demise. "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” said Twain...Click here to read full article.


Tsunami of Indian (Chinese) Honey Now Arriving on U.S. Shores--
Threatens to Drown Rebounding U.S. Honey Market

Much of this honey is believed to be illegally transshipped Chinese honey that is contaminated with heavy metals and antibiotics and has been routed through Indian companies in order to circumvent the U.S. tariff enacted to prevent Chinese honey dumping.

In just the first half of this year, “Indian” honey exports to the United States surged to over 60 million pounds, including large amounts of Indian white honey, which are atypical of tropical countries such as India .  Much of this honey is believed to be Chinese honey illegally transshipped through India to circumvent the U.S. tariff on Chinese honey.  These huge amounts of honey exported to U.S. buyers follows a ban by the European Union (EU) on June 15, 2010 of honey imports from India due to a lack of traceability regarding origin, adulteration and contamination by heavy metals and antibiotics. This tsunami of “Indian” honey, coming just prior to the arrival of the American and Canadian honey crops, can be interpreted as a deliberate effort to push down U.S. wholesale honey prices...Click here to view entire article.