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Honeybees on the Verge of Extinction
In my 25-year experience at the US EPA, nothing
illustrated the deleterious nature of "pesticides" and
"regulation" better than the plight of honeybees.
Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of
America's crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we thank it with
Poisoning of honeybees became routine in the mid-1970s
with the EPA's approval of neurotoxins encapsulated in dust-size particles that
took days to release their deadly gas.
Some of my EPA colleagues denounced such misuse of
science and public trust. They told their bosses those encapsulated neurotoxins
were weapon-like biocides that should have no standing in agriculture and pest
management. Indeed, one of those EPA ecologists discovered the neurotoxic
plastic spheres in the honeybee queens' gut. This meant poison in the honey.
EPA acted with fury. It forced the scientist out of his
laboratory and into paper pushing in Washington. Approval of the industry's
neurotoxins expanded to cover most major crops. This meant honeybees had less
and less space to search for food without dying.
The blowback of this almost criminal policy is the
massive death of honeybees all over the country. Government officials and
industry executives cooked up an obscure name, "colony collapse
disorder," to cover up the pesticide killers of the honeybees.Read More
Kids That Care: Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Raise Funds For Educational
DESERT, CA, USA, November 12, 2013 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Disappearing bees, picking up trash,
and being kind to the environment are just a few of the topics covered in a
series of eight educational storybooks featuring the adventures of B.B. McBee.
The character creators, Palm Desert, CA residents Mark Wasson and Randi Storm,
recently launched a 32-day Kickstarter campaign to help raise $14,900 for the
production of the book series and stuffed B.B. McBee toy.
B.B. McBee is the star of a series of children’s books. He lives in Enchanted
Garden along with his friends, promoting his belief in protecting the
environment, being kind to others and having good values.
B.B. McBee’s motto is to "Fly Right.”
The brainchild of Wasson, a long time environmental supporter, B.B. McBee was
created to "Promote the ethical treatment of all beings and the environment
through love, kindness and respect.” This mission statement is exemplified
throughout the series of eight storybooks written and illustrated by Storm. Read More
Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14,
TEXAS HONEY BROKER
SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR AVOIDING $37.9 MILLION IN TARIFFS ON
CHICAGO — A Texas honey broker
was sentenced today to three years in federal prison for illegally brokering the
sale of hundreds of container loads of Chinese-origin honey, which was
misrepresented as originating from India or Malaysia, to avoid anti-dumping
duties when it entered the United States. The defendant, JUN YANG, pleaded
guilty in March to facilitating illegal honey imports by falsely declaring that
the honey originated in countries other than China to avoid $37.9 million in
Yang, 40, of Houston, operated
National Honey, Inc., which did business as National Commodities Company in
Houston, and brokered the sale of honey between overseas honey suppliers and
domestic customers. He was ordered to
begin serving his sentence on Jan. 15, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Charles
Kocoras, who cited the "inescapable harm” to the U.S. honey industry in imposing
Yang has already paid financial
penalties totaling $2.89 million to the government, including a maximum fine of
$250,000, mandatory restitution of $97,625, and agreed restitution of
"This is a significant sentence against a
perpetrator of one of the largest food fraud schemes uncovered in U.S. history,”
said Gary Hartwig, Special Agent-in-Charge of HSI Chicago. "Unbeknownst to Yang,
he was dealing with an undercover HSI agent who was one step ahead of his
illegal activities. Together with our partners at Customs and Border Protection,
we will continue to protect American industries from deceptive import practices,
while facilitating the lawful flow of goods across our borders that is so
critical to the U.S. economy.”
According to court documents,
Yang caused transportation companies to deliver to U.S. honey processors and
distributors 778 container loads of honey, which were falsely declared at the
time of importation as being from Malaysia or India, knowing that all or some of
the honey had actually originated in China. As a result, the honey, which had an
aggregate declared value of nearly $23 million when it entered the country,
avoided anti-dumping duties and honey assessments totaling more than $37.9
In addition, Yang admitted that
he sold purported Vietnamese honey that tested positive for the presence of
Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic not allowed in honey or other food products.
After learning of the unfavorable test results, Yang obtained new test results
that purported to show that the honey was not adulterated, and he instructed the
undercover agent to destroy the unfavorable test results. This adulterated honey
was seized by the government.
The sentence was
announced by Mr. Hartwig and Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the
Northern District of Illinois.
Yang was among a group of individuals and
companies who were charged in February of this year in the second phase of an
investigation led by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). See:
In December 2001, the Commerce
Department determined that Chinese-origin honey was being sold in the United
States at less than fair market value, and imposed anti-dumping duties. The
duties were as high as 221 percent of the declared value, and later were
assessed against the entered net weight, currently at $2.63 per net kilogram, in
addition to a "honey assessment fee” of one cent per pound of all honey. In
October 2002, the Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert for honey
containing the antibiotic Chloramphenicol, a broad spectrum antibiotic that is
used to treat serious infections in humans, but which is not approved for use in
honey. Honey containing certain antibiotics is deemed "adulterated” within the
meaning of federal food and drug safety laws.
In 2008, federal authorities
began investigating allegations involving circumventing anti- dumping duties
through illegal imports, including transshipment and mislabeling, on the "supply
side” of the honey industry. The second phase of the investigation involved the
illegal buying, processing, and trading of honey that illegally entered the U.S.
on the "demand side” of the industry.
The government is being
represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Boutros.
Make Sure You Don't Buy Illegal Honey from
Check Your Honey with a New
Look-Up Tool on www.TrueSourceHoney.com
Washington, D.C. – November 14,
2013 – A new search function on www.TrueSourceHoney.com allows U.S.
shoppers to be sure that they’re not mistakenly buying honey that has been
illegally shipped from China. In one easy step they can help ensure the safety
and quality of their honey, while also supporting U.S. honey producers and
beekeepers. In addition, retailers and manufacturers are able to trace their
product back to the hive.
By going to www.TrueSourceHoney.com and
clicking on the starburst at the top of the page, consumers can enter the UPC
code on the back of their packaged honey to see if it is True Source
Millions of pounds of illegally sourced honey may continue
to enter the United States, despite continuing federal crack-down efforts. True
Source CertificationTM helps ensure honey’s safety and quality because it traces
the source of that honey from hive to table. The program has been applauded by
honey industry leaders, including the American Honey Producers Association and
the American Beekeeping Federation.
"The True Source Certified logo
tells you that the honey you’re buying was ethically and legally sourced,” says
True Source Honey Executive Director Gordon Marks. "If you don’t see the logo,
ask your retailer or honey company to join the program. And make sure that your
favorite foods with honey – from breakfast cereals to snacks – are made by a
manufacturer that purchases honey from a True Source Certified honey
Earlier this year, two of the nation’s largest honey suppliers
admitted to buying illegally imported Chinese honey, including some that was
adulterated with unauthorized antibiotics.
About one-third of honey sold
in North America today is now True Source Certified. Many large grocery
retailers and club stores only use certified honey for store brands, including
Costco (Kirkland Signature) and Target (Market Pantry and Simply
The U.S. imports more than 60% of the honey it needs from
other countries. Most is from high-quality, legal sources. But some honey
brokers and importers illegally circumvent tariffs and quality controls, selling
honey to U.S. companies that is of questionable origin. This threatens the U.S.
honey industry by undercutting fair market prices and damaging honey's
reputation for quality and safety.
True Source Honey, LLC is an effort
by a number of honey companies and importers to protect consumers and customers
from illegally sourced honey; and to highlight and support legal, transparent
and ethical sourcing. The initiative seeks to help maintain the reputation of
honey as a high-quality, highly valued food and further sustain the U.S. honey
sector. Visit www.TrueSourceHoney.com. Follow us