After I saw this post, curious, I Googled “Chinese Beekeepers” and found this piece ——————————— —————————–
“Stung by recent scandals over tainted food exports, a small group of Chinese beekeepers is trying to sweeten up local honey production. They’re throwing out standard practices, like using antibiotics (which most beekeepers do in the US) to treat their colonies, and pushing natural options.” ————————– However, if you read the piece, you will see that this is a challenge to these beekeepers that are a model of clean food production in China. Actually, a model anywhere even in the US.

A Man Called Su

These are itinerant beekeepers who are setup just outside of the Fifth Ring Road. The second photograph is of one of the drinking ponds that the beekeepers setup… it was a very hot day today.

Shanshan was concerned about possible contaminants being in the honey, due to the lack of regulation on the industry, and wouldn’t let me make a purchase.

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  1. merlin says:

    Antibiotics and pesticides are a new trend brought over from the west. Another issue with obtaining such modern products for food production is the cost. Antibiotics for raising animals (in this case bees) and pesticides for farms are not cheap. Doing things natural is not only laborous, but it is a difficult task to track down the information on what works and what doesnt. Modern methods are advertised everywhere and stocked on every shelf, but natural methods are few and far between.

    I just pray that doing things naturally in China is not going to be as expensive as it is here in the US. When I visit a Home Depot or Menards, items such as plastic rain barrels can run in the price range of 80-100 US dollars! Of course the spicket is already attached to the bucket and it’s ready to hook up to a hose, but still I think that’s outrageously crazy for a simple barrel that collects rain water to be used for gardening purposes. I’ve been in the process of building a small aquaponics system using a plastic tote/tub, a liter bottle of cola, some hose for water distribution, plants, dirt, fish….all of those products are cheap in comparison to hunting down a water pump for a good price. I’ve been stuck on that project for months, now with summer half over I doubt I’m going to finish it.

    Similarly if I buy non-salted nacho chips + dip from the health market at the grocery it’s costing me nearly $8. Unsweetened soy milk runs around $4 for a half gallon in cardboard. My breakfast cereal of Cheerios runs around $4, but it’s understandable as it’s name branded.

    Sustainable, healthy living is not cheap and it’s a pain in the rear to track down everything. As is the case with the aquaponic system I’m trying to operate.

    • Here’s a suggestion: Dump the Cherrios and buy steel-cut oatmeal in bulk. It is a whole lot healthier than most processed breakfast cereals.

      Here’s what I buy:

      I pay about $6.00 a bag at a local health food store. From Amazon, the price breaks down to $4.79 a bag and I think (I could be wrong) you get free shipping from Amazon if you spend $25 or more. I know that shipping for books and DVDs is free if the purchase is $25 or more but I’m not sure about steel cut oats.

      It takes about a half hour to cook up a bag of steel cut oats — then just heat up a bowl each morning. That’s what I do and one bag lasts a long time.

      Once you discover the process Cheerios goes through to become those little whole grain circles, you might never touch them again. The process takes healthy ingredients and turns them something toxic.

      Here’s a brief description:

      All but a few brands of breakfast cereals–even so-called organic health food cereals–are produced by a process called extrusion that subjects the grains to very high temperatures (Grape Nuts is one exception – it is not extruded but baked). Analysis of the grains after extrusion indicates that the industrial process breaks up the carefully organized proteins they contain, creating neurotoxic (damaging to nerves) protein fragments. Since organic whole grains are higher in protein, it is very likely that extruded health food cereals contain higher levels of these toxic protein fragments than refined grains that are lower in protein.”


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