Ecoforestry
Wild honey
Veracruzan honey
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Wild honey: the taste of ecosystems

Honey is the synthesis of nectar and scents of flowers of the trees, shrubs and herbs. All together they are kept in sweet mixture appreciated by human kind since the antiquity. More...

Honey production is a very important economic activity. It provides currencies to the primary sector, given that over than 70% of the honey produced is exported. Thousands of families live from hives and thanks to their work we can enjoy exceptional quality wild honey. By consuming our own local honey, we help give value to our ecosystems.

Beekeeping is an important resource for the indigenous Nahuas of the Sierra de Zongolica. Credit: Eric Zentmyer.

Beekeeping is an excellent alternative for tenant farmers, given that on rented lands, they can set up their apiary and obtain a quick income. When the production reaches higher quantities of honey (hundreds or thousands of hives), beekeeping generate many permanent and temporary jobs.

Beekeeping has a definite impact ecologic impact on natural environments. This is especially the case with European bees (Apis mellifera), which were introduced into Mexico around the mid-eighteenth century. Many bees create competition with native pollinators, though the impact of this competition have not been substantiated.

Compared to other productive activities, beekeeping with European bees is not as harmful for the environment as cattle ranching or sugar cane production. Therefore we can consider it as an alternative environmentally friendly and of vital importance for rural communities.

It is also worth mentioning that many beekeepers also handle native bees. We support and promote this noble activity. There are over 40 species of native bees, even though they do not produce as much as European bees, their honey is considered to be medicinal since pre-Columbian times.

  • Know the botanical origins of wild honey and link it with the conservation level of forests.

  • Influence the reforestation and ecological restoration including melliferous species to support honey production.

  • Increase the abilities and knowledge of small beekeepers living in critical biodiversity areas
 

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