The bees are a dying species yet in France 45,000 tons of honey are consume each year. Beekeepers produce only 10,000 tonnes, three times less than 30 years ago. Where do the other 35,000 tonnes come from? It is difficult to know because indications on their origin are scarce.
Half of the jars sold are said to come from much further afield and, more importantly, some honey does not come from hives. In China, industrialists are making fake honey.