The honeybee is an amazing creature in a little package. Every one of the tens of thousands of bees in a hive has an important role. A forager bee is the worker that travels from flower to flower, gathering nectar and pollen to bring back to the hive.
Keeping bees in Saskatchewan promotes the propagation of a species that is critical for agriculture in Canada. Domestic and wild bees, including the honeybee, are responsible for pollinating approximately 70% of the world's leading crops for human consumption. Bees not only give us honey, but also blueberries, apples, peaches, and so many other fruits, berries, beans, and oilseeds.
A sustainable sweetener
Did you know that local honey is the most environmentally-friendly sweetener in the world? Compared to any other sweetener, including table sugar and corn syrup, honey uses a fraction of the energy costs associated with production, refining, and transportation.
- Honey is a byproduct of crops or wildflowers - it requires no fertilizer, pesticides, or irrigation, and leaves almost no impact on the land.
- Raw honey has virtually no refining step - it is taken right out of the comb, minimally filtered, and then packaged.
- Finally, purchasing local honey means that transportation costs are very low. In Canada, 90% of sugar consumed is imported as raw cane sugar from countries in South and Central America . The further that food travels to get to the table, the more planes, ships, trucks, and trains are required to get it there, which increases pollution and the environmental impact of the product.