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Old 04-08-2014, 10:44 PM   #11
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We used to get our honey from an organic farm up near Orillia. But, thanks to Monsanto, they have closed.
Huge Honey Bee Losses Across Canada Dash Hopes Of Upturn
Yeah, the bee die off is scary. What will pollinate our food if we don't have bees?

I don't know if it's true, but I read that native wild bees and bumble bees are doing better with fewer domesticated bees. I sure hope it's true.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:23 AM   #12
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Organic local honey here, too!

Don't buy the honey at the dollar store!!! Read ingredient lists.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:33 AM   #13
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I just bought some (fairly) local honey from a tiny little place on a short road trip a couple of weeks ago. It's amazing - very thick, but oh so good. This little place also has the best beef jerky I've ever had. They've been in business for decades.
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I bought some Life Brand honey at the pharmacy. I checked the ingredients and it said honey. When I got it home I read more stuff on the label. It was a combination of Canadian, Argentine, and Australian honey. Then, I looked at another part of the label and read, "Packaged in Australia". So, some of that honey had been transported across the Pacific ocean and back and then to the other side of the continent. Perfectly nice honey that I will only buy in an emergency.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:32 AM   #15
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The only brand I can get is SueBee from Iowa.
There is no list of ingredients. I'm guessing it's 100% honey.

There is a warning on the label-"Do not feed to children under 1 year of age".

Any idea why?
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:12 AM   #16
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:38 AM   #17
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We buy ours at Costco. It better be real pure honey!
I need to check the label.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:29 PM   #18
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the bad news addendum to the bad news is:

the "new" guidelines are voluntary.

theft is against the guidelines, and we all know how much that has deterred the criminals.....

the bad news prior to the addendum is:
USDA does have standards for grading honey.
they are voluntary
the USDA has no inspection / monitoring / enforcement actions.

if you buy a jar of USDA Grade A honey and find out it contains lard, don't send it to the USDA because they don't care how it is labeled.

buying local from a trusted source is perhaps the only way to know what you're really getting.
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Well, that was scary. When my children were small I nursed them for the first month or two. Then I stopped and switched them to whole milk formula. Whole milk, sterile or boiled water and a teaspoon of clear corn syrup per bottle. Sometimes I would run out of the syrup and I would use sugar. The purpose of the sugar was to aid in their bowel movement. After a while, since the sugar was doing the job as well as the syrup, I stayed with it. Of course that was more than 50 years ago.

I know there is a corn fungus that can spread very fast and ruin a crop. All you need for that to happen is a really good windy day. I have read that there are some people who eat the corn fungus. I knew of the fungus when my kids were born. I didn't know the warning for honey also covered corn syrup. I am glad now that I switched them to the sugar in their formula.
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We buy ours at Costco. It better be real pure honey!
I need to check the label.
From what I read, there is lots of honey out there that says 100% pure honey but still contains other stuff such as corn syrup and other sweeteners, and isn't labeled as such, usually imported stuff.

That's what pushed me to raw, unfiltered honey, preferably local. Wow, this has opened a whole new world of honey for me, such awesome complex flavors, nice and thick. I'll have a hard time going back to regular run of the mill honey.
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