Honey not so sweet

The price of honey is set to rise because bee colonies in the US are dying off, it was learnt yesterday.

The price of honey is set to rise because bee colonies in the US are dying off, it was learnt yesterday.

Grahamstown bee expert Garth Cambray said producers were redirecting honey to meet a US shortage of about 40000 tons.

As a result, the price of honey in South Africa could be expected to increase by next month.

South Africa imports honey from Argentina, China and Australia, which is blended with local product in national brands.

Reports last week said more than a quarter of bee colonies, 600000 out of 2,4million colonies, had vanished in the US.

Researchers remain divided on causes, but cited cellphone radiation, changed weather patterns due to global warming, pesticides and genetically modified crops as possible causes.

South African bees remain robust and healthy, and production was growing, Cambray said. - Sapa

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