The organic trend seems to be sweeping the nation. It is no surprise that bee pollen producers have joined in on the organic front.
I really do support organic eating and I buy a lot of local organic foods. In fact, almost everything I eat is organic. Even when it is not organic I do my best to ensure it is free of hormones and antibiotics.
There is a process of having a food like bee pollen certified as organic. It has to be proven that where it was grown was land free from pesticides or insecticides and other toxins for a set period of time. The truth is that many countries don’t yet have organic standards for bee products set.
The certification process also requires using farming techniques that are sustainable. Both criteria are things that can be proven and measured. The question then becomes how do you know the granule of bee pollen is really organic?
Bees gather pollen across miles and miles of land. Is it possible for a beekeeper to manage where their bees gather pollen?
There are some beekeepers who claim that bees won’t extract pollen from a polluted or dirty plant so essentially all pollen is organic by nature.
On the contrary, there are large bee pollen distributors who claim to have to screen for industrial contaminants. So who is correct?
Without being able to have complete control of where the pollen comes from, can it really be called organic? The point is that the bee pollen you eat could have been gathered anywhere from a non-organic field to a toxin laden farm. On the other hand it could have come from organic land. You just do not really know.
Sale of Organic Bee Pollen
If you do an internet search for organic bee pollen you will get plenty of hits, but you are going to be hard pressed to find legitimate organic certification.
Most of these companies just label their product organic to jump on the current trend without it really being certified. And unfortunately, there isn’t anyone to police these unscrupulous suppliers.
Buy Organic or Not?
Is there really anywhere one earth that is not yet touched by man? I want to believe there is. However, I haven’t found it. Until some legitimate organic pollen suppliers enter the market, I recommend you stick with buying pollen from trusted, domestic sources. Ask the producer of your pollen where it came from! Avoid cheap, offshore pollens and stick to quality companies who stand behind their product.
And save yourself the extra money you’re likely wasting on an organiclly labeled bee pollen!