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Posted by douglasfarm on April 9, 2010 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Revisiting the distiction of Organic Honey.


If a goverment certifies its country's honey as Organic, the USDA allows it to show the label USDA Organic when sold in the US.


Do they follow the exact same rules for certification, NO.


The honey produced in NJ will never be organic because the government officials of NJ want the hives to be atleast 4 miles from: sewar plants, golf courses, industrial facilities, or any residential home that ...

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Insurers Sued for $1 Billion for Allegedly Enabling 'Dumping' of Food Products From China

Posted by douglasfarm on February 1, 2010 at 12:26 AM Comments comments (0)

"What do fresh garlic, crawfish meat, canned mushrooms and honey have in common? A $1 billion lawsuit by their domestic producers against major insurance companies for enabling the "dumping" of competing food products from China.

The domestic producers, represented by the Washington, D.C., office of New York's Kelley Drye & Warren and by Washington's Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, filed the class action in the U.S. Court of International Trade, charging that the insurance compa...

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US colony loss survey results are in

Posted by douglasfarm on January 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM Comments comments (0)

"The Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and USDA-ARS Beltsville Honey Bee Lab conducted a survey between September 2008 and early April 2009 to estimate colony loses across the country. Over 20% of the country’s estimated 2.3 million colonies were surveyed. A total loss of 28.6% of managed honey bee colonies was recorded.


This compares to losses of 35.8% and 31.8% recorded respectively in the winters of 2007/2008 and 2006/2007. While a decrease in total losses is enco...

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Peace keeper to beekeeper

Posted by douglasfarm on January 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

American Honey Producers Assoc. National Convention:

"Around 600 people registered for the convention, and about 37 vendors. Seminars included “The Honey Revolution – Restoring the Health of Future Generations” with Dr. Ron Fessenden of Colorado and The Sierra Club’s “Working to Protect Pollinators” with Dr. Neil Carman of Texas, to name just a few."


"Three members of the National Guard’s Oklahoma Agricultural Development Team...

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Bees get ready to pack their hives for California

Posted by douglasfarm on January 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM Comments comments (0)

Beekeepers around the country are preparing to make their migration to California for February's almond pollination.

"By 2012, the ARS expects almond-bearing acreage in California to top 800,000, a sharp increase from the 680,000 acres of almonds farmed in 2004. The increase has helped drive up the price of honeybees from about $50 per hive in 2003 to as much as $170 per hive this year, the agency reports." -1


"California is the world's biggest producer and exporter o...

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Bill goes after fake honey peddlers

Posted by douglasfarm on December 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

"Consumers stung by falsely labeled honey would get new protections under a bill introduced in the Legislature last week.

The WI state's beekeepers say the proposal would help smoke out supposed "honey" products that actually contain corn syrup or even dangerous antibiotics.


Currently, there's no federal or state standard for what constitutes honey. The bill would provide one by adopting a definition of honey set by a joint commission of the United Nations and the World ...

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A look into the 1st colony

Posted by douglasfarm on April 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

DC beekeeper Toni visits her friend Charlie (Charles Brandts) at the White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Click here to visit her blog post:

Here is a quote from the blog:

"To my mind, Charlie's queen is a good one for the job. The bees were extremely peaceful and gentle, and her pattern was OK, though not gangbusters. In a situation l...

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Analysis of Africanized honey bee mitochondrial DNA reveals further diversity of origin

Posted by douglasfarm on April 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Recent DNA research findings:

Within the past 40 years, Africanized honey bees spread from Brazil and now occupy most areas habitable by the species Apis mellifera, from Argentina to the southwestern United States. The primary genetic source for Africanized honey bees is believed to be the sub-Saharan honey bee subspecies A. m. s...

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Honey Laundering: A sticky trail of intrigue and crime

Posted by douglasfarm on January 21, 2009 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Meryl Schenker / P-I
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