The European Union honey market is a-buzz after the European Court of Justice ruled that if bees are foraging for nectar and pollen on genetically modified (GM) plants, the honey must be labeled as containing GM ingredients.This is true for any honey sold in the EU- including honey that is imported. In agricultural areas, where farms share fences and bees play the keystone role of pollination for many crops, making sure they don’t forage on GM plants can be challenging.
This ruling is a big deal in Europe, where most consumers are vehemently opposed to GM ingredients in their food.
In the U.S., where there is far less concern about GM foods, consumers can still know that their honey is GM-free when they buy certified organic honey. The USDA Organic Seal requires that no GM ingredients are allowed in any food bearing its stamp of approval.
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