The Honey Trail

Friday, September 10, 2010

Grace Pundyk discusses the ways honey and bees are being affected by globalization, terrorism, deforestation, the global food trade, and climate change. The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees looks at the state of our environment and the impact it is having on bees and honey. The novel takes us to the Yemeni deserts and Borneo jungles, through the Mississippi Delta and Tasmania’s rainforests, over frozen Siberia, and through ancient Turkish villages in search of honey.


Grace Pundyk

Comments [8]

Jam from Belleville NJ

Honey apparently is rather lucrative, these guys were caught trying to smuggle $40m worth of honey into the US:

US indicts 11 executives for honey smuggling

Sep. 13 2010 10:59 AM
Michelle Matthews from Melbourne, Australia

I have a jar of the authors Bruny Island honey and it's divine. Quite different to store bought honey in that it is completely solid and relatively pale. For someone previously nonplussed by honey I now devour this honey straight from the jar. Until I tried pure, local honey I didn't realize what I had been missing. Surely a product so pure, ubiquitous and long lasting doesn't need to come from a supermarket.

Sep. 11 2010 03:32 AM

I wish Ms. Pundyk could have gone into more detail regarding bees and the topics discussed in the comments above, rather than spend the majority of the time teaching guest host Toobin about basic bee facts. Although, I realize he probably thought his listeners would like, it became a bit embarrassing. Really, you don't know what a queen bee is? c'mon...

Sep. 10 2010 01:03 PM

Someone is selling brooklyn honey - an AIDS-diagnosed person told me eat local honey because it contains antidites to local viri.

Also my farmers seem to network - I get my raw honey through them.

Sep. 10 2010 12:58 PM

Euell Gibbon's book is correctly titled "Stalking the Wild Asparagus."

Sep. 10 2010 12:58 PM

just read Euell Gibbon's "Chasing the Wild Asparagus" there is a wonderful section towards the end of honey foraging.

Sep. 10 2010 12:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Someone pointed out to me a few days ago that the implications of losing bee populations go way beyond honey, because so many food crops depend on bees for pollination. Can Ms. Pundyk go into this issue in more detail?

And another person has told me that many beekeepers, in effect, abuse their bees, harvesting so much honey there's not enough left for the bees to eat & feeding them sugar water instead, & exposing them to smoke. He thinks this contributes to CCD. Has Ms. Pundyk heard about these practices?

Sep. 10 2010 12:56 PM
Drew from Williamsburg

speaking of honey and terrorism, i remember reading an article several years back that said al qaeida used the sale of honey to finance operations and that they smuggled weapons in honey (or in honey shipments) to move weapons around the middle east. has your guest heard these stories?

Sep. 10 2010 12:48 PM

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