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June 18, 2014

Honey, Honey: Thrilled by depth, nuance of sticky sweet

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Organa's attraction to honey is largely on behalf of the bee, McArthur said. Bee-related events are planned throughout June to illustrate the plight of bees and their important role in pollinating plants.

Insecticides, pesticides, mites and habitat loss are problems bees face worldwide, McArthur said. Buying organic food is one of the best ways to support bees, as it spurs the reduction of pesticides, herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, she said.

"This would make a huge impact on bee health as well as on our own health and the health of our planet for future generations," McArthur said. The market supports a number of beekeeping operations, including Sleeping Bear Farms, Champion Hill Farm, Food for Thought and Shadowland.

Planting bee-friendly gardens and curtailing pesticide use at home also helps, McArthur said.

Supporting local beekeepers is a sweet enterprise, said Joan Studzinski who brought her grandson to the tasting.

"I always have honey in the house — for tea," she said.

 

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