I didn’t know that Mexico was one of the top exporters of honey in the world. Much of their honey goes to European Union countries that, unlike the United States, ban or heavily regulate anything with GMO content. At least the EU knows that GMOs are a problem, I think the US also knows, but just doesn’t care. Politicians and USDA are both paid off by the big agribusiness firms.
I have often said that GMOs pose many threats, some we know about already and some that we have no clue about. All will eventually catch up to us in a very bad way. Mexico is just now learning that allowing farmers to grow GMO crops, soybeans in this case, may hurt Mexican beekeepers, often smallholders who can not afford to lose sales, in a big way. Germany has recently rejected a shipment of Mexican honey that contains GMO soybean pollen.
This particular honey came from a region where GMO soybeans is grown, but at a much lower rate than in some larger honey producing areas. The beekeepers had no idea that their bees were visiting GMO soybean fields to gather pollen. And, unless they live right next to a GMO field, would have no way of knowing. I didn’t know it, but, according to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute scientists, bees from a single colony can travel as much as 200 square kilometers to collect pollen. Makes you wonder about US honey, where it isn’t even tested for GMOs. Either is any Mexican honey imported to the US and I would expect the rejected honey to end up in the US.
This is scary stuff. According to the Organic Consumers Association, “The US National Organic Program rules prohibit GMOs in organics but don’t require methods to prohibit GMO contamination or establish thresholds for adventitious GM presence.” And,
“Companies don’t want to test because there is no pressure for them to do so.”They don’t want to take on an expense when it isn’t mandated by consumer or regulatory pressure,” he says. As a result, no one knows the extent of GMO contamination of organics.”
That means, in reality, that much ‘organic’ honey and other products are not actually organic.