In today’s Federal Register, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it seeks comments on how interested the public would be in a federal honey standard. When I sell honey to customers, I frequently get comments about the superior taste of local honey compared to “store honey.”
I believe that our population has been away from the land long enough to be disconnected from its food. I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and saw school students who had no idea from where their food came. Butter comes from a cow, not corn. Corn dogs do not come from a plant; that would be a cattail. (Watch the video here.)
Maybe the bear bottle is the reason for kids to think that honey comes from bears
My own mother-in-law, raised in a deeply urban setting, believed that she could buy honey harvested from both bumble bees and honey bees. Bumble bees do make honey, but not enough for humans to harvest without endangering the colony. Honey for humans comes only from honey bees. I am sure I could think of more examples of this disconnect. I feel extremely thankful that I live where I do and was able to have a garden and involve my kids in apple picking, pumpkin hunting, turning cream into butter, and foraging for numerous fruits and nuts.
I have seen food service packets of honey where the ingredients say that they are filled with syrup even though the packet is labeled ‘honey.’ I would love to see ethical labeling and an honest society. If you are interested in supporting the cause of a federal honey standard, you can start with background here, then follow the directions below.
From today’s Federal Register:
Comments must be received by September 19, 2014. [emphasis added]
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or to Brian E. Griffin, Standardization Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 0709-South Building; STOP 0247, Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) 720-5021; fax (202) 690-1527, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should make reference to the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection at the above office during regular business hours.
Please be advised that all comments submitted in response to this notice will be included in the record and will be made available to the public on the Internet via http://www.regulations.gov. Also, the identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public.
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