As honey bees gather pollen and nectar for their survival, they pollinate crops such as apples, cranberries, melons and broccoli. Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90 percent dependent on honey bee pollination; one crop, almonds, depends entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time. Overall it’s estimated that without honey bee pollination American crop yield and quality would be greatly reduced, $47 billion in crops would be affected and produce aisles in our grocery stores would be diminished by more than 30 percent.
Each year American farmers and growers continue to feed more people using less land. They produce an abundance of food that is nutritious and safe. U.S.A. honey bees are very much a part of this modern agricultural success story. It’s estimated that there are about 2.4 million honey bee colonies in the U.S. today, two-thirds of which travel the country each year pollinating crops and producing honey and beeswax. More than 1 million colonies are used each year in California just to pollinate the state’s almond crop! The contribution made by managed honey bees comes in the form of increased yields and superior quality crops for growers and American consumers. Truly, a healthy beekeeping industry is invaluable to a healthy U.S. agricultural economy.
Sue Bee® Honey has launched a national initiative to educate consumers about the many benefits of supporting the U.S.A. honey bee, which in turn supports American agriculture. In order to help spread the word, a Support The U.S.A. Honey Bee seal has been created to make it easier for consumers to find 100 percent pure, all-natural American honey. Eventually, this seal may be seen on U.S.A. bee-pollinated products, including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables found in produce aisles across the country.
Sue Bee® Honey has always been a strong supporter of the U.S.A. honey bee and the American beekeeper. For generations, the Sioux Honey Association has relied on family-run American apiaries for its honey supply. We are committed to continuing this strong relationship and avoiding what many companies are turning to – foreign honey. Simply put, Sue Bee® Honey will never sacrifice quality to increase profits. Our reputation relies on it. Our customers deserve it.
Foreign honey has always been available in grocery stores, and many other brands of honey will blend foreign honey with American honey to produce a lower cost product.
Supporting the U.S.A. honey bee is easy. Read the labels. Look for honey produced in America. Ask your local grocer to stock honey that is 100 percent produced in the U.S.A. Avoid honey blended from sources outside the U.S.
More and more gardeners are dedicated to helping the bees by adding to the shrinking inventory of flower-rich habitat in their area. Plant native flowers. Select single flower tops such as daisies or marigolds that produce more nectar and make it easier for bees to access pollen. Avoid using herbicides or pesticides in the garden that can be toxic to bees.
Look for the Support The U.S.A. Honey Bee seal on Sue Bee® Honey products.
We’re counting on you! By buying 100 percent U.S.A. honey, you are supporting American bees and American beekeepers as well as helping to strengthen the important role the U.S.A. honey bee plays in American agriculture pollination.
Every product featuring the “Support The U.S.A. Honey Bee” seal is bound by a set of promises to our customers. We promise to actively support American beekeepers and the U.S.A. honey industry. We promise to promote the essential role that honey bees play in American agriculture and the pollination of U.S. crops. We promise to continually test honey to guarantee premium quality and ensure it comes from known and trusted U.S.A. sources.