Willie JJ wrote:
les taylor wrote:What always makes me laugh is when people try to sell you organic honey. Do the bees the know the difference between pollen on organic trees and plants and non organic. Brilliant.
Warning! Boring theory coming:
I'm no beekeeper Les, but I guess that there is a limit to how far the bees can fly from the hive so if you stick the hives in the middle of an area of organic farming ....
I woke up this morning and never thought that today's topic would be Bee's.
Well according to the Brithish Beekeepers association, Bee's really are busy bees.
How Far Can Bees Fly?
It is possible for bees to fly as far as 5 miles for food, however an average distance would be less than a mile from the hive. A strong colony flies the equivalent distance of to the moon every day!
How Fast Can Bees Fly?
Normal top speed of a worker would be about 15-20mph (21-28km/h) when flying to a food source and about 12mph (17km/h) when returning laden down nectar, pollen, propolis or water.
So what can we deduce from this. Bee's may or not stay inside your organic field.
And shoe horning this back into the topic honey is probably one of those flavour descriptors that is known world wide. Although there nearly 20,000 types of bee and they live on every continent except antartica. Not much pollen down there. So honey will taste differently according to where you are as well.