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Yao honey-hunters harvesting a honeybee nest in Niassa Special. Reserve, Mozambique, where human-honeyguide cooperation still thrives. Photo by Jessica van der Wal

Why it’s crucial to safeguard the ancient practice of finding wild honey with birds

Cooperating with honeyguides has been found to increase food security. It facilitates cultural traditions and enables income or trade.
Native bumble bees perform ‘buzz pollination,’ shaking flowers to release protein-rich pollen. A. Westreich

Bee-washing’ hurts bees and misleads consumers

‘Bee-washing,’ marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee.
Honey can carry clues about where pollutants come from. (Shutterstock)

How clean is your city? Just ask the bees

Urban pollutants are a health concern in growing cities. Scientists are turning to honey bees to help monitor contaminants in soil, water, air and plants.
What is in these products? And if additives don’t affect your health, would you care? Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away

Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away. The Conversation55.8 MB (download)
Dairy farmers used to put sheep brains and chalk in skim milk to make it look frothier and whiter. Coffee, honey and wine have also been past targets of food fraudsters. Can the law ever keep up?
The industry selling honey and bee products is booming. from www.shutterstock.com

How better tests and legal deterrence could clean up the sticky mess left behind by fake honey row

The bee product industry is booming and in unregulated markets, there is a strong economic incentive to cheat. Self regulation combined with legal deterrence could help clean up the sticky mess.
Myrmecocystus honeypot ants, showing the repletes, their abdomens swollen to store honey, above ordinary workers. Greg Hume via Wikimedia Commons

Wasps, aphids and ants: the other honey makers

Honey might be synonymous with bees, but they’re not the only insects that come up with the goods.

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