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The USDA estimates that “about one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honeybee pollination.” That’s a staggering figure. Enter the villain: CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder. Since 2006, beekeepers have reported an alarming rate of attrition throughout North America, and globally as well. Culprits are thought to include pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, parasites, and pesticides.
So what can we do? One way is to buy organic, to help reduce pesticide use. Buy local and single-producer honey to support small-scale beekeepers in your own community and elsewhere. And don‘t forget to enjoy the golden sweetness that millions of worker bees toiled so mightily to create. Get honey facts and recipes at honey.com
September is National Honey Month