A study from Boston University recently confirmed that Monsanto may have ruined another staple food in our diets – honey. Researchers found significant quantities of the glyphosates in both organic and regular honey.
Study showed that 62% of conventional honey and 45% of organic honey sampled had glyphosates beyond the minimum established limits. But what does this have to do with Monsanto? One of Monsanto’s most profitable products is Roundup, a popular herbicide that contains – you guessed it – glyphosates. Interestingly, glyphosates levels in honey were much higher in countries that allowed GM crops and U.S. topped the list.
Pourquoi est-ce dans notre miel organique?
Comment ces herbicides font-ils leur chemin dans le miel organique? Eh bien, vous voyez, les abeilles peuvent voler autant que 6 miles, couvrir 50,000 acres et ramener autant que 250 livres de nectar. Ainsi, tandis que la ferme d'abeilles peut pratiquer les méthodes apicoles les plus sûres, elles doivent tout expliquer dans un rayon 6 mile, ce qui est souvent impossible en ce jour. Les toxines, les herbicides et les pesticides peuvent se répandre dans l'air et dans les cours d'eau des usines, des fermes et des villes avoisinantes. Il devient extrêmement difficile de maintenir 100% de pureté dans le miel.
Another problem that beekeepers face and that often contaminates the honey is the wax. Too keep mites out of the hives, conventional beekeepers use pesticides to get rid of them. These pesticides seep their way into the wax and over time, make their way into our honey. While it may not seem a problem for organic beekeepers (since they don’t use pesticides), they may still experience problems if they decide to buy bees wax that is commercially available. A survey of residues of pesticides in beehives revealed that 98% of them contained at least one pesticide.
Le miel est-il sûr à manger?
With all the herbicides and other chemicals making our way into our food supply, this question becomes harder to answer with a “yes”. Currently, countries that have banned GMOs may have lower levels of herbicides in their honey. However, since everything is interconnected through the environment and trade, no country is immune.
Alors que les échantillons organiques contenaient du glyphosate, ils contenaient des niveaux inférieurs à ceux du miel conventionnel. En outre, le miel organique a tendance à être beaucoup plus sain than its heavily processed counter-parts. While clean honey is not impossible, it’s becoming extremely hard to maintain its purity due to all the precautions that a beekeeper needs to take. Owning or accounting for everything in a 6 mile radius may not be possible for most. The best idea is to have a conversation with your local organic beekeepers, or purchase honey that was made in countries or areas qui ont interdit les OGM(or at least label them).
Cependant, ceci est un autre coup dévastateur pour notre société et n'expose qu'une infime partie des problèmes de notre approvisionnement alimentaire. Ceci vient s'ajouter au fait que de nombreuses colonies d'abeilles s'effondrent déjà et que sans les abeilles, nous n'aurions pas la plupart des aliments que nous mangeons aujourd'hui.
Partie d'un plus gros problème
These findings signal a growing shadow over our food supply. Companies like Monsanto have pushed people into a corner to where they have to be paranoid with everything they consume. Chemicals, GMOs, heavily processed foods thrive as they represent bigger profit margins for corporations and go well with the on-the-go lifestyle in the United States. Knowing what’s in your food is now a privilege as companies have spent millions of dollars to prevent us from knowing what’s in our food.
What can you do? Do your research, speak up and vote with your money. If there’s no demand for these products, companies will either go bankrupt or will have change their ways. The goal is not to have all “organic” products, but to have real food just like our grand parents did.