Bees are so very important in the agricultural system and most people do not realize that they are our hardest workers. Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” There is so much to say about this topic, especially in light of Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon in which worker bees from western honey bee colonies abruptly disappear. Insecticides seem to be to blame but I will just leave you with one more quote emphasizing how crucial bees are to our society, from a NYT article on 2/27/07: “…one study says that honeybees annually pollinate more than $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in US, mostly fruits, vegetables and nuts.”
There is nothing like fresh honey, it is like wine where every honey is unique and will be different depending on the terroir, which descries the sum of the effects that the local environment has had on the production of the product, and usually refers to wine, coffee, tea, olive oil, and even cheese. Personally however, I feel it goes deeper than this “sense of place” with honey. Since the bees are the ones creating the product, there is an extra element in addition what that the geography, geology, and climate bestows upon the product.