Holy Honey

Hello, everyone! It’s been a minute (or several…sorry). Staying “woke” is something that I hear about all the time. If you ask me what I think of myself, I will tell you that in my past life I was probably some sort of naturalist, environmentalist, pacifist kind of hippie because the more I learn the more passionate I become about making the changes for a better me, a better message, and a better world.

I’ve been avoiding watching Netflix’s docuseries called Rotten, and truth-be-told, it’s because I was afraid that it was going to call me out on a lot of my crap. No one actually likes hearing the truth, no matter how much they say they can hang.

Well, here I am, deciding to continue educating myself on food, nutrition, and all things that go with it…which I’ve learned in just about 57 minutes that it influences more than our overall bodily health. Our nutrition and our means to acquire that nutrition influences the health of our ecosystems (existing within the planet that provides us with it) as well as the global market economy.

While I don’t want to spoil Rotten for you, because I think it’s something everyone should watch, I’ll give you a few things that I took away just from the first episode regarding honey.

With more people wanting to know where and how their foods are sourced, more companies world-wide are actively working to bypass the systems of detection preventing them from making a sale. The first episode covers honey, the decline of honeybees due to colony collapse, a process called adulterating, which involves cutting the honey and using fillers made of syrups derived from rice and other crops to increase volume (a process that evolves one or many steps faster than the science used to detect it), a major scandal that took place within the U.S. none but a few years ago, and bee THEFT, yes, theft.

I watched all this, not in horror (okay, maybe somewhat in horror), but in amazement. And the one thing that I understood by the end of it, was the importance of buying locally from honest, hard-working people who put the integrity of their product and their means of production above their dollar. Don’t be afraid to trace your product back to its supplier. You have the RIGHT to know where and how your food is being sourced.

How do I find locally sourced products?

Easy. Take to social media. People will have the answers for you if you ask. Do your research by making phone calls, scouring the interwebs with those mighty fingertips of yours, and asking the questions no one else wants to ask or no one can think to ask. There are usually small business and facebook groups who advertise their product and are willing to offer complete and total transparency on their products.

Too much work for you? Consider the fact that the work that you do now will benefit you later because you won’t have to search as hard if you build a network of connected small businesses who put their lives into their products.

Still not convinced? Consider the health benefits from sourcing local foods. Regionally harvested raw honey can help you combat seasonal allergens that you are generally exposed to. So shop local, do your research, and live better!

Watch Rotten. Available on Netflix.

Photo by @Matthew_T_Rader on Unsplash

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