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Research has shown that honey bees used to pollinate crops are exposed to a wide variety of agricultural chemicals, including common fungicides that impair the bees’ ability to fight off potentially lethal parasites.
Pollen samples from these hives contained nine different agricultural chemicals, including fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and miticides. Sub-lethal levels of multiple agricultural chemicals were present in every sample, with one sample containing 21 different pesticides. Honey bees are known to entomb this pollen to remove it from consumption in the hive.
Many crops are treated with systemic insecticides by dressing the seeds or treating the soil. Plants like sunflowers and maize absorb these insecticides and secrete them in nectar and pollen; bees then collect this and take it back to their hives.
These are all good reasons to choose honey from bees that roam freely in some of New Zealand’s most remote, untouched environments: with no added chemicals and in fact, no added anything.