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    • Jesse Loren

    • October 15, 2013 in Columnists

    Honey laundering!

    Imagine a death-defying car chase scene, hot babes and rugged assassins protecting the illegal drug trade. It sounds so Hollywood! It isn’t opium from the exotic fields of Afghanistan. It isn’t the French Connection. And it isn’t a Mexican drug cartel de-limbing the population and shooting entire towns. This is less refined, not romantic. We’re talking about our own food supply. Honey, honey.

    I remember the Ohio Players “Honey” album from ’74 with a naked Playboy bunny dripping with honey. It looked like real honey, but the rumor was that she had skin damage caused by the studio’s fake honey. Fake Honey! Even it the ’70s, that was farfetched.

    Fast forward to the new millennium, where colonies are collapsing and bees are being polluted by toxic environments, neonicotinoids and super parasites. Not only are the pollination numbers down, it’s hard to find real honey.


    Honey is the nectar-based food source of bees that was collected, regurgitated and dried into a substance of specific gravity, then capped off by the bees. The bees’ regurgitation process adds peroxide and other qualities that make the honey antiseptic. Honey kills MRSA. It helps support immune health too. It isn’t corn syrup, molasses, sugar water or guar gum. It’s flower nectar made into bee food, and it’s delicious.

    Pooh Bear loves it. Everyone from about the age of 4 on knows that honey comes from honey bees and it is delectable. But why the car chases, the death threats, the intrigue across continents?

    The Chinese are honey laundering a cheap substance made of sugar, water, alum and food coloring. It smells like chemicals. According to Bloomberg news, “The charges from the probe, called “Project Honeygate,” mark the culmination of a two-part investigation that began in 2008 and included U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. attorney’s office in the northern district of Illinois. In the first phase, federal authorities charged 14 individuals for allegedly evading about $80 million in anti-dumping duties.”

    The honey laundering bill rose to $180 billion a little later in the investigation. In France, according to South China Morning Post, “Last month, a study shook France, according to which 10 percent of the honey consumed in the country is “fraudulent.” The samples were labeled as French, but originated either in China or Eastern Europe.” Imagine who would star in that movie? Duping the French on food sounds like a capital crime.

    You might think, “What’s the problem?” It’s a big problem! People take honey to help with allergies because it contains pollen and nectar. Honey never goes bad. It is an amazing, nutritional substance. Fake honey doesn’t have those properties and might have aluminum or other metals. It’s crap.

    People with sugar issues eat honey, not sugar, because honey carries monosaccarides fructose and glucose. Many people use honey as a spiritual or religious source. If you buy honey,  get real honey, not some weird corn syrup. Aluminum, molasses crappacino.

    So what do you do? Don’t buy honey from mass producers. Buy it from a beekeeper. Buy it from a farmer’s market. If you don’t know where to go, here are several sources:

    Local Harvest http://www.localharvest.org/organic-honey.jsp
    Online honey locator It’s easy to use! http://www.honeylocator.com/
    Local Honey Sources http://www.localhoneysources.org/

    • Did you hear about this Africanized bee that actually lactates? It’s called a booby. That sort of wordplay and cunning is going to make me a fortune one day.

    • Jesse- making our honey buying safe is a good thing.
      Matt- too much corn…..as in corny.lol

    • http://www.beelimitless.com/
      A great website and a tenant of mine. I love his exotic honeys.

    • I hate the idea that honey, like milk in China, can have non honey stuff in it. I revere the bee. I love honey for all that it offers. Anyway, Matt, really?

      • Maya North

      • October 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm
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      I recently heard about this horrid phenomenon of fraudulent “honey.” Honey is miracle stuff and deserves reverence — as do our precious bees. For shame! 🙁 (And Matt–SMACK!!!)

      • Terri Connett

      • October 16, 2013 at 10:49 am
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      Amazing column, Jesse! I knew of the disappearance of bees but had no idea about the fake honey. Damn Chinese! First poison in dog food. Then toxic plastic baby toys. And now this! I’m going to the farmer’s market this weekend and buying real, delicious HONEY!!

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