We’re asked a lot whether or not our royal jelly is organic, and the same question is asked of bee pollen and propolis.
It isn’t possible to certify royal jelly as organic, in the same way as one might certify a food product. To understand why, one has to become familiar with the harvesting (pollens and other external substances) procedures and also the ways in which hive farms are maintained.
Bees travel a great distance to collect pollens and nectars from plants and trees. If the immediate area containing the hive is maintained in an ‘organic’ fashion, there is no real way to prevent the bees from traveling outside of their immediate environment to collect pollens and resins. Also, pollens can be carried for miles by the wind, from one crop to another, cross-polinating species of plants in a way which is impossible to control.
So the issue becomes one of maintaining the colony and the environment in a way which is conducive to best organic practices. This is something we are very concerned with at The Natural Shopper. We ensure our raw materials are collected from hives operating the best organic practices, and we ensure all ingredients are fully tested as contamination free. So though it isn’t possible to claim a bee product as organic, in the strictest regulatory sense, we do work hard on providing royal jelly and bee pollen which is ‘Organically Produced’ – that is the whole hive area, the collection and subsequent processing, packaging etc, is free from chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, leads and other harmful substances.