bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Cuba retaliates against Dennis

Cuba is taking action to increase honey production after they claim that the 2005 Hurricane Dennis wiped out many many plants, known locally as “bejuco indio”, which contributes 68 percent of local bee forage.

They plan to move colonies to better foraging locations and to increase production of “ecological” (presumably organic) honey for export to Japan and Europe. Activity seems to be mostly in the south of the island around Santiago de Cuba.

Another story suggests that bejuco indio may be being lost because of rather overzealous harvesting of its roots to create a favourite refreshing drink going by the name of pru. Any enlightened comment welcome!


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