How the honey industry can help farmers survive with the global crisis
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Farmers in the US are reporting a drop in the amount of honey they buy.
The US Department of Agriculture says the decline is due to the global warming and weather conditions.
But the problem isn’t limited to the US.
A report from Australia says a honey shortage in the United States is also affecting the global supply.
The Associated Press: The global honey industry is reeling from the end of a honey harvest.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has said honey prices have dropped below $100 a kilogram, or about $5.50 a pound.
But experts say the honey shortage is affecting not only the US, but other countries as well.
“I think the global honey market is very, very fragile and it is not going to be sustainable for the foreseeable future,” said Peter Loughran, an expert in food safety and agriculture policy at the University of Sydney.
Honey prices are still up around $300 a kilo, but the global trade is slowing down, which means prices for U.s. producers are down as well, Loughrand said.
Experts say the US is the biggest honey producer in the world and that it has had the best years of the industry.
In January, a report from the University at Buffalo estimated that about 2.5 million pounds of honey was imported into the US each day.
And the decline has slowed dramatically over the last three years.
Honey production has been booming, but now honey is more expensive and producers are being forced to cut back.
It’s not just the honey farmers who are struggling.
It’s also the people who harvest the honey, Lougran said.
That’s why he is urging US farmers to get ready for a honey crisis.
For some farmers, honey prices are their livelihood.
A beekeeper in Colorado, Dave Echols, said he has been getting more requests for honey than he can grow.
And that’s hurting his business.
I think it’s really important that we get a handle on the situation before we get into the next year,” Echol said.
The US is not the only country experiencing a honey price decline.
China’s imports are down by almost a third this year, and the United Kingdom is seeing a drop of about half a billion pounds, or 6.4 billion pounds.
The United Kingdom has a honey surplus of more than 40 billion pounds and exports about 2 billion pounds a year, according to the BBC.
While the honey market may be in a precarious position, it could get much worse in the future, Laugran said, if climate change continues to worsen.
Worse yet, there are more factors at play.
In an effort to protect the bees, the U.K. banned bee-harming chemicals from being used in the honey process, and other countries have tightened restrictions on honey.
This could leave U.k. farmers with little choice but to find other ways to supply the market, Laughlin said.
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