Honey is a miraculous food. Properly stored, it can last for ever. Jars of the stuff, thousands of years old and still edible, have been found in the tombs of the Pharoahs and in the detritus of the Roman Empire. And one thing that honey has always contained is pollen, because foraging bees bring it back to the hive. It has never crossed the mind of beekeepers to list pollen as an ingredient in honey because, as one apiarist pointed out, it is “like saying peanuts contain nuts”. But under a ruling of the European Court of Justice, the possibility that some honey might contain pollen from genetically modified crops means that products will, for the first time, have to carry a list of ingredients. Beekeepers will also have to carry out
tests to show that their honey does not contain unauthorised GM pollen, a process that is expensive and may put those operating at the margins of profitability out of business.
Can we leave yet?