Organic honey is honey that’s harvested without any nasty chemicals or pesticides and is certified by an organic certifying body. The term ‘organic’ is loosely thrown around these days, but not all products can claim to be legally certified organic. Also, while some honeys may be chemical or pesticide-free, not all the products in the market are independently audited and organically certified.
Organic Honey Certification
It’s important to check if a brand of honey is organically certified -- they should have permission to put up an organic certification logo on their product labels and a valid certification number that can be verified at the website of the organic certifying body.
Some organizations that are involved in organic certifications are the AgriQuality NZ (now AsureQuality NZ) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), which certify products for international organic standards.
Being organically certified means that products are independently audited by organic associations throughout the whole lifecycle of the product process- from harvest to collection and to storage and packing.
For example, during harvesting, care is taken not to feed the bees any added sugar or syrup, instead of letting them naturally feed on the nectar of the surrounding flowers. Bees are also not fed antibiotics, which may upset their own gut microbiome and end up in the honey which we consume. In addition, other farmers may also allow honey to be extracted from the brood box where the Queen bee lives and lays her eggs. If so, fresh bee eggs, baby larvae and freshly hatched bees will be killed and impact future bee colonies.Furthermore, some honey farmers may process their honey through ultra-fine filtration or high pressure filtration methods. Although this process may make the honey smoother and more consistent, it often destroys natural nutrients already present in the honey, along with bee propolis and pollen that are beneficial for health.
Some companies also utilise plastic packaging for their honey, which may contain chemicals like BPA that adversely affect the brain, prostate and blood pressure.
Conversely, organically certified companies are strictly audited on a lot of these processes to ensure there is minimal intervention in harvesting and collection, thus retaining the natural benefits of honey in their products. The whole ecosystem of beekeeping and harvesting is also kept sustainable, so that we can continue harvesting honey from bees for more years to come.
Benefits of Consuming Organic Honey
Therefore with little intervention and chemical-free honey production, organic honey may be much more beneficial than regular honey:
Consume Non-toxic Honey
Organic honey that is free from chemicals and pesticides ensures that we do not introduce toxic substances into our body which may be harmful to our health.
Retains Beneficial Properties of Honey
With little to no processing of organic honey, the final product retains beneficial properties of honey, including propolis and pollen which have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds.
Preserves the Natural Honey Harvesting Process
By using natural ways of harvesting and collecting from bees, organic honey producers can help to preserve the bee ecosystem and the sustainability of the honey industry.
Maintains the Health of Bees and Their Hives
As no antibiotics or sugar syrups are fed to bees, the health of bees are maintained, along with their hives, for ethical sustainability of honey production in the future.
Organic Honey Products
At Nature’s Glory Singapore, we are proud to state that most of our honeys are organically certified by NASAA and AgriQuality NZ - you can find the certification logos on the individual product pages.