Joint declaration calling for an action plan to make honey labeling in the EU more transparent. The plan calls for making "origin labelling for blended honey mandatory on the European level and for the respective percentages of blended honey to be indicated". Read more here: www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/struggling-beekeepers-undercut-by-cheap-honey-imports-says-new-report/
Beekeepers in New Zealand are working onforming co-ops in order to market their honey. Find out more in this interesting article from New Zealand about the importance of working together in a changing beekeeping sector: media.wix.com/ugd/0f980a_4814734cd99f44298f54acd9f209dfe5.pdf
EU does not renew approval for thiacloprid! The insecticide is mainly used on rapeseed and can also, in addition to its damaging effect on bees, leave residues in honey. The implementation in the member states will at the latest take place by the beginning of February 2021. ttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-bayer-pesticide/eu-commission-bans-bayer-pesticide-linked-to-harming-bees-idUSKBN1ZC136
The devastating bushfires in Australia also pose a huge problem for bees and beekeepers: 10daily.com.au/news/australia/a200109bpcso/nowhere-for-our-bees-to-go-bushfire-drought-and-vandalism-halt-nsw-honey-production-20200109
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While struggling with the difficult situation of the honey market in Denmark, we encourage everyone involved to take a look around at what is being done in other countries that are facing the same kind of problems. Here is a paper that puts forth the following recommendations for the US market: - "connect a healthy and sustainable domestic production of honey to the vitality of the ecosystem via pollination" - "consider how labeling, trade, research, and other strategies can be used to sustain and grow the domestic production of honey" - cooperate with the national beekeepers' association - "recognize that not all stakeholders in the honey supply chain are genuinely interested in authentic honey" - "help the consumer see the additional value to purchasing certifiably authentic honey – not only does it taste delicious and is nutritious, but it can help save the ecosystem!" Definitely worth a read, also in…
Interesting article about the development of honey prices in New Zealand, which is very similar to the situation in Denmark: media.wix.com/ugd/0f980a_f72912047cbe4fdca219ecc0cd5b505f.pdf