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To bee or not to bee

Monday, June 9, 2014

When I heard the buzz, I felt a sourness rise up in my throat and threaten to choke me. 


The Beekeepers Association was planning to gather outside Parliament last Friday to protest the government’s intention to import honey.


To bee or not to bee, I fretted, as my stomach quivered with anxiety. Had the sweet story of local honey had turned bitter? 


The beekeepers had reason to feel stung. T&T honey has won many international awards and, at the recent Caribbean Bee Congress in St Croix, won the prize for the Best Tasting Honey in the Caribbean. 


The beekeepers also complain that imported honey, which may be contaminated, exposes the local industry to Colony Collapse Disorder, which happens when worker bees go on strike. 


Such has led to the disappearance of millions of bee hives in Europe and America.