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Beekeeping abroad

Beekeeping abroad

The benefits of honey and beekeeping products are recognized all over the world, therefore this industry is developed everywhere. Representatives of different countries demonstrate a differentiated approach, however, it is possible to identify common features inherent in beekeeping in developed countries:

  • protection of bee colonies at all stages of the life cycle;
  • quality control of manufactured products in order to identify counterfeit products;
  • legislative regulation of activities related to the keeping of bees and the production of honey;
  • the presence of amateur beekeepers and professional beekeepers, as well as their associations;
  • problems, including those associated with diseases and mass death of bees.

Canadians are the benchmark for beekeepers around the world. This country is a leader in the production and export of honey, largely due to a professional approach (80% of Canadian bee colonies belong to specialists), government support and a competent legislative framework. The promotion of pure Canadian honey and the interaction of beekeepers with each other at all levels is carried out by a special body – the Canadian Honey Council.

Unlike Canada, German beekeeping is represented mainly by amateur beekeepers, the share of professionals is just over 10%. Keeping bees in Germany is an expensive hobby; it is much more profitable to buy an export product from China and Argentina.

Israel is a country with centuries-old beekeeping traditions dating back to biblical times. Beekeepers here receive good support from the state, there is even a special agricultural body that regulates all processes of production, processing and sale of honey. Interestingly, Israeli honey is intended exclusively for domestic use, export (as well as import) is an exceptional phenomenon.

The hot climate and abundant vegetation of Italy contributes to the developed beekeeping. Honey is produced here all year round, most of the varieties are monofloral. Among Italian beekeepers, 80% are professionals, and the prevailing method of honey extraction is nomadic. Italy is a leader in commercial beekeeping, and the percentage of mass death of bees is the lowest in Europe.

The American approach to beekeeping may seem strange to us. So, “settled” honey is considered a product of poor quality, so it undergoes mandatory filtration and heat treatment. In general, the American market is represented by professionals (70%), nomadic beekeeping is developed, and the interests of beekeepers are represented by various public organizations, the largest of which is the Federation of American Beekeepers.