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  1. Another company selling on the glyphosate free ticket...... https://www.manawahoney.co.nz/worried-about-glyphosate-in-your-honey/ "So, when we enquired about how our honey fared in the testing for this weed-killer, it was of no surprise to us that MPI tests found no traces of glyphosate in our honey. You know you can trust our honey so…"
  2. TVNZ have been complained against before on the glyphosate issue. Matthew and Television New Zealand Ltd - 2019-114 (27 May 2020) WWW.BSA.GOVT.NZ The complaint was dismissed on a number of grounds, but a key one relating to "balance" was that it was taken over a period of time and incorporated various programs on TVNZ. So the article in question may have been unbalanced, but there were other articles at other times that could be considered as part of the balance. Another key point is that the "expert" was said to only be expressing his
  3. See the attached PDF for a good summary from regulatory and governmental agencies from around the World on Glyphosate, including the controversial IARC determination in 2015. Links in the document to the original source from the various agencies including our own NZEPA's one in 2016. "IARC placed glyphosate in its hazard category "Group 2A: probably carcinogenic to humans” along with red meat, hot beverages, and working as a barber. The evidence on carcinogenicity was less robust than for agents such as bacon, salted fish, oral contraceptives and wine." GlyphosateInfographic_GLP-
  4. Manuka honey blog amended after claims of efficacy against Covid-19 | Stuff.co.nz WWW.STUFF.CO.NZ Manuka Honey of NZ claimed that manuka honey should be part of people's Covid-19 protection plans.
  5. We used to have a single desk seller. It was the NZ Honey Marketing Authority, formed in 1952 in the aftermath of WWII. The NZHMA finally turned into the NZ Honey Producer's Coop in 1982, but gave up single desk selling on a number of honey products before. Comb honey I think was never controlled, but honeydew was the first opened up in the '70s. All other export controls were lifted by 1982. This graph is a good indicator of the NZHMA's effectiveness - or rather lack it. The divergence of prices after the 70s was due to effective market diversification by many exporters e
  6. Ahhhh.... "the palest ink is better that the best memory".... some Chinese dude But then I looked..... the 50 million spores per litre was from one of two papers to have researched this - from 1932. The other was from 1994 and came up with the 5 million figure but the level of detection available at the time using plating methods was 20 million. MAF used the 50 million figure when they did their Import Risk Assessment on the importation of Australian honey in 2005. In a practical sense these are semantics, but of historical interest. The take home message is - clinical symptoms of AF
  7. From the memory banks..... Minimum infective dose is 50,000,000 AFB spores per litre of honey. Sounds a lot.... but one infected larvae is expected to produce 2-3 billion spores. Enough to infect 56 - 84 kilos of honey. A "light" AFB infection of "a few" cells of AFB diseased larvae has easily enough spores to contaminate an entire hive's honey crop.
  8. $2.85 was not a price you would have received for North Island honey from the Coop in 1999. For North Island suppliers, grades 3, 4, 7 and 10 was more the norm - $2.70, $2.45, $2.30 and $2.45 respectively. Average $2.48 per kilo. And then you only got 80% of that paid out over that year so $1.98 - the rest 5 years later - if you chose to not support the requests for further capital. Bottom line, $3.04 in today's money. And way better than $1.50 in the 1987 crash. But the 1987 crash was caused by the World market taking a huge correction as the USA dumped 100,
  9. A reality check for those with rose tinted memories. Here is the payout schedule of the NZHPCoop. Taking the reserve bank inflation calculator https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monetary-policy/inflation-calculator for the top line 0-9mm clover price (Cat 1) and calculating it for today's value using Quarter 2 in the relevant year you get the following values. 1995 $3.39 1996 $4.19 1997 $4.38 1998 $4.60 1999 $4.38 Points also needing consideration: The 0-9mm price was usually paid to very little honey (sometimes none at all, bu
  10. An interesting piece of research. https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/watch-the-use-of-certain-neonicotinoids-could-benefit-bumblebees-new-study-finds
  11. The US produces around 75,000 tonnes and imports nearly 200,000 tonnes annually. The Dakotas will often produce over half of the US honey crop, largely from "clover" (usually sweet clover) . So selecting an average of the Dakotas for domestic production would be a better figure to start with, but the US market is driven by the import price , and the numbers for total imports to YE September calculate to US$2.17/Kg or NZ$3.30/kg. Major supplying countries such as India, Ukraine and China are supplying at under US$2.00 per kilo (NZ$3.00)
  12. A very long time coming but finally a result. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/man-fined-over-100-000-adding-chemicals-honey-in-bid-pass-off-m-nuka https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/112342524/mnuka-honey-fraud-evergreen-life-ltd-handed-260000-fine-for-adding-synthetics-to-its-product $372,500 in fines plus costs.
  13. There is no problem selling honey at the moment. There is a problem with the price. Before the manuka bubble, the one where people were selling all honey as manuka and frantically stockpilling (removing from the market) honey to increase its activity, New Zealand produced a surplus to the local market which consumed about 1.3 kilos per person per year. Since the export market was the only outlet for this surplus honey, it set the price. Why? Because who would choose to sell on the export market when the local market was better, but in order to get a share of that, one had to.
  14. Hong Kong's poplulation is 7.5 million. https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/china-hong-kong-sar-population/ Per capita consumption is about 50g per person for 3,750 tonnes annual consumption.
  15. For you that follow the neonic story, and the science rather than the rhetoric, this is a good read. https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2019/06/05/how-npr-washington-post-bloomberg-and-other-media-botched-reporting-on-epas-ban-of-12-bee-killing-neonicotinoid-insecticides/?mc_cid=8a9a6d5d02&mc_eid=ae5a80e8bc
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