The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand yesterday released for comment an outline of a plan for setting standards for what can be claimed as "Manuka Honey". The monofloral standard, and rules about how the bio-activity of Manuka Honey are stated on labels has been a long standing point of contention within the industry. The bee products standards council, an industry group has been working on this issue for several years without success in bringing the industry together around a standard. We welcome this move by MPI. Our predisposition is to want less vs. more government intervention in business. However, this is clearly a case where an industry had tried but failed to regulate itself. The reputation of New Zealand honey in the worldwide market is on the line if anyone is making misleading claims regarding their honey. Further, New Zealand enjoys a very strong worldwide agricultural reputation for quality and integrity, which could be tarnished by unscrupulous players, or foreign imitators. We plan to provide comment to this plan and look forward to a good standard being set in this area. If you are interested in a behind the scenes look at the industry & this topic, follow this link to read the "Options For Defining Monofloral Manuka Honey" document.
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Have you heard that honeybees never sleep? It seems to be a notion that is perpetuated by word of mouth. Researchers say otherwise. It just goes to prove that you can’t believe everything you hear.
According to Jürgen Tautz in his book The Buzz About Bees, foragers enter a pronounced state of sleep—largely at night and in the hive. However, sometimes they sleep outside the hive as well. In addition, beekeepers and bee photographers the world over have reported seeing bees asleep in flowers. The bees may remain stationary for hours, only to fly away when disturbed.