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“Organic” Honey? Not So Much

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Over at Buzz Hoot Roar, science concepts are explained in 300 words or less with accompanying images from a range of science artists. I did an infocomic for them when they first started about the over-diagnosis of brown recluse spider bites, and I’m back again with a piece written by Roar (Eleanor Spicer Rice) about the most-likely-not-so-organic nature of honey.

If you don’t follow Buzz Hoot Roar (twitter, facebook), remedy that right now. This is the new wave of science communication: digestible bits of information accompanied by a variety of artistic stylings. SciArt at it’s finest!

Katie McKissick About the Author: Katie McKissick is a former high school biology teacher turned science writer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her first book is called What's in Your Genes. You can find more of work at Follow on Twitter @beatricebiology.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. Ingamas 9:14 pm 02/19/2014

    But its still made of carbon, right?

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  2. 2. jonathanseer 3:53 am 02/20/2014

    What a stupid article.

    Organic farming has NEVER been defined the way this piece infers.

    Most people who like organic food do not think of it as food untouched by the world of man.

    Instead it is thought of as food that is raised without the addition of industrial fertilizers or industrially produced pesticides.

    That means for most people “organic honey” would be honey raised in hives by a person who does not use those things on his or her bees and only provides to fellow producers who use organic production techniques to raise their food.

    It have never implied anything beyond the control of the food producer whatever the food producer might be.

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  3. 3. Shoshin 3:21 pm 02/20/2014

    The whole fixation on “organic” or “non-GMO” foods being superior is self-indulgent. All that it is a First World fallacy for people who have $$ to burn and nothing else to worry about, but if they want to pay the price, so be it. The real crime is in forcing that fallacy on the Third World and blinding children who would otherwise be able to see if it weren’t for this misguided activism.

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