“Is the honey organic?” is a question that is often asked.
Nope. Let me tell you why.
Honeybees can travel up to 5 miles to gather their pollen and nectar. Right now, the girls are all about the Dandelions. Are the Dandelions in your yard certified organic? Is the soil organic? Maybe your yard is organic, but is your neighbors’?
I have no idea where they came from to get their bright yellowish Dandelion pollen.
So, why do some honey businesses call themselves organic? Well, if their hives are placed in the center of an at least 5 mile radius certified organic farm, then they can label their honey organic.
We live in the city in Rochester, NY. We cannot prove that everyone’s yard is free from chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, etc. Harvesting organic honey would be completely impossible here.
Interesting fact: If you buy raw, local honey that also claims to be organic, the business is either lying or ill-informed.