California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
Honeybees have been dying at an alarming rate for years, but a new government survey shows nearly a third of the nation’s honeybees died over the winter. Some beekeepers said the problem may have to do with what is being sprayed on the food we eat.
Two new reports say much of the honey sold in U.S. stores is coming from Asian countries, some of it illegally. According to one report, some of the foreign honey has been found to contain contaminants.
Some allergy sufferers are tossing out the allergy medication and trying what they call sweet relief and turning to honey. They’re using local, unfiltered honey, made in the Bay Area in hopes of easing allergy symptoms.