Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This is nothing more than a coincidence.
Just after I posted on the Fonterra contretempt yesterday an advert for "ORGANIC HONEY" crossed my awareness.
Honey is collected by bees, stored in the comb in a hive that can be man made or natural in a hollow tree, and to make it to market, collected by an aparist who may be amateur or professional.
A hive can be a hierarchy of some 60 000 bees that roam uncontrolled over the territory surrounding the hive collecting Nectar from flower sources and honey dew from plants, stored in a stomach for the flight back to the hive where it is retrieved by other bees and stored in prepared combs as a food bank.
If the hive is in a manmade structure set up by an apaiarist, then it can be removedfrom the hive and spun out of the comb by centrifical force and packaged for sale.
My basic knowledge of "organic" as a marketing aid claims that the product has been prepared under strict criteria as to use of "artificial" interventions in the process of production, and processing that makes it somhow "special" and usually implies a more healthy product.
Question; as the majority of the collection of the raw nectar and all the initial processing up to the storage in the Comb is done by a pretty independent swarm of unpaid workers, "who the hell is monitoring their activities to ensure the normally quite onerous, criteria for organic status is being complied with"?