Is buying honey actually good or bad for bees?
Most of us might not think of bees' welfare when we buy honey, as appose to the way we think of chicken when we buy a box of eggs. But in the same way, bee-keeping practices lie on a spectrum between industrial-scale beekeeping and bee conservation.
Ethical Consumer suggests that regular honey consumption can contribute to declining honey bee populations, especially if sourced from a business driven by profit. And even an organic approach to honey production - which involves sustainable agricultural practice and better animal welfare - often fails to put bee welfare before human desires.
Growing movements such as ‘natural' and 'balanced beekeeping’ promotes a bee-centred approach to hive management. This emphasises bee welfare, and encourages the natural behaviour of bees. Honey is only taken when plentiful and appropriate.
This is where KIWI Manuka comes into play.
In partnership with landowners, KIWI Manuka Honey is sustainably sourced from vast natural plantations in some of the remotest regions of New Zealand.
The Manuka tree is native to and grows throughout New Zealand. Its natural properties and the finest wild honey made from its nectar have been combined with stringent certification and production standards to produce pure and natural products of the highest quality.
All of Tiffson Co.'s KIWI Manuka products are ethically and sustainably sourced from a range of lands, many of which are owned by Maori. All our landowners benefit directly from sales of our products.
Our Heritage… Your Health
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a native evergreen that grows wild in the most remote, unspoilt corners of our country. Ancient Maori used all parts of the Manuka in traditional medicinal practices passed down from generation to generation.
KIWI Manuka's honey is sourced from natural, pollution-free plantations, managed by the Maori landowner communities who are the guardians of this precious resource. This remarkable honey, with its unique Manuka properties, forms the basis of the Melora product range.
Protected and Nurtured
Manuka grows wild in New Zealand on undeveloped or regenerating land. On farmland, since the earliest days of settlement in New Zealand, it has been regarded as a hindrance to intensive pasture activities. However, indigenous owners have continued to protect and nurture their vast Manuka forests, placing high value on the plant’s special healing properties and the natural integrity of their land.
Beekeeping is a low-impact activity. The collection of our products does not require chemicals, felling of trees or digging of soil. That means the resource is protected and maintained.
A spirit of innovation
The arrival of Europeans to New Zealand late in the 18th century brought new technologies and knowledge. The introduction of the honey bee by settlers in 1839 has led to the development of Manuka Honey’s global medicinal and healing reputation.
Sharing the Resource
Large areas of New Zealand manuka, protected by their remote location and the kaitiakitanga (the principle of guardianship over the natural environment) of the Maori land owners, are once again a source of vitality, wellbeing and health – both for the people who use the products and for the land owners who, through our ethical and sustainable trading partnership agreement, share directly in the benefits of the resource.
Preserving the Environments
Collected by nature, harvested by our people, Tiffson's KIWI Manuka products are sourced in a sustainable and ethical way.
During the four-week flowering period, nectar is collected naturally from the delicate pink or white Manuka blossoms by foraging honey bees, leaving little impact on the land. At the same time, the native plantations support the purity of New Zealand’s exceptional natural environment.
Hives are placed on well-researched sites, and care is taken in harvesting the honey, using professional beekeeping techniques. Stringent standards for land care, harvesting and manufacturing are monitored to ensure the products presented to you are of the highest possible quality and sustainably produced from plantation to finished product.
Economic benefits are shared with the resource owners, and, through them, they’re supporting communities – who in turn help ensure the future sustainability of the resource.
- KIWI Manuka Honey by Tiffson Co.