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Honey: Intrinsically Non-GMO

March 20, 2018

by Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, UC Davis
(with input from Kent Bradford, Interim Faculty Director, World Food Center)

Questions have been raised with respect to whether honey produced by bees that might visit genetically modified crop plants should also be considered to be GMO. First, what is a “GMO”?

Defining the term “Genetically Modified Organism” (GMO):

4th Annual Bee Symposium to focus on Backyard Beekeeping

February 06, 2018

World renowned animal behaviorist, Thomas D. Seeley will address his latest interest, Darwinian Beekeeping, during the 4th Annual Bee Symposium at UC Davis, March 3rd. Presented by both the Honey and Pollination Center as well as the Department of Entomology and Nematology, this year’s program will focus on issues and interests of backyard beekeepers.

The Styles and Nuances of Mead - February 10-11, 2018

January 10, 2018

Mead is popular. The industry is growing quickly. A new meadery is opening every three days here in the United States. It is time to learn about all the nuances this ancient and beautiful beverage holds. The Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis is hosting ‘The Styles and Nuances of Mead’, February 9 and 10, 2018.

A honey of an educational odyssey -- and you're invited

October 18, 2017
Attend UC Davis' Honey Sensory Experience November 10-11  

Show me the honey!

You've probably tasted wine in California's acclaimed Wine Country, but have you ever tasted honey in the nation's rapidly growing “Honey Country”—the University of California, Davis?

Now you can.

Why This UC Davis Course Is Sweet

October 18, 2017
Just how much do we know about honey?  

"The bee hive is the ultimate home sweet home," Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, told the crowd at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, held in early September at UC Davis.

She's right. Just as birds maintain a "home tweet home," honey bees and honey connoisseurs insist on a "home sweet home."

CATCH THE BUZZ – UC Davis is the Place to Bee to Learn About and Experience Honey! Honey Sensory Experience November 10-11, 2017

October 11, 2017
Catch the Buzz on the Honey Sensory Experience - Bee Culture Magazine  

For the past nine months, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, has been studying the many facets of honey: flavor, aroma, color, pollen and nutrition. The Center has established and trained a honey sensory panel within the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology. After an initial training, the panel tasted and scored three varietal honeys with samples produced from across the country.

UC Davis is the Place to Bee to Learn About and Experience Honey!

September 15, 2017
Honey Sensory Experience November 10-11, 2017  

For the past nine months, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, has been studying the many facets of honey: flavor, aroma, color, pollen and nutrition. The Center has established and trained a honey sensory panel within the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology. After an initial training, the panel tasted and scored three varietal honeys with samples produced from across the country.

Buying Organic Honey? Here’s What You Should Know.

July 11, 2017
Organic honey might not be as accessible and as great as you might think.  

“It takes two million individual blossoms to produce a pound of honey,” explains Zac Browning, owner of Browning’s Honey Company in Jamestown, North Dakota. On a June morning, his hives are humming. The little sacs on the bees’ hind legs are bright yellow with pollen from dandelion, clover, and other wild plants blooming around the apiary.

Graduate Student Winners - Bee Symposium 2017

May 31, 2017
Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Contest at the Bee Symposium 2017 on May 7th.  

The Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Graduate Student Poster contest at the annual Bee Symposium held May 7, 2017. The Symposium, hosted by the Center and the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis, is underwritten by the Springcreek Foundation.

Woodland To Host California's First Honey-Themed Festival

May 11, 2017
Amina Harris, Director of the Honey & Pollination Center on Capitol Public Radio, Insight.  

"California harvests millions of pounds of honey each year, bringing tens of millions of dollars to farmers in the Golden State.

Its diversity in flavor and texture, as well as purported medicinal value, has grown interest in the crop dramatically.

In Woodland this weekend, the inaugural California Honey Festival kicks off with guest speakers, concerts and tons of delicious honey-themed treats.

The Sweetest Festival Around

May 11, 2017
Amina Harris, Director of the Honey & Pollination Center giving a tasting with Chef Casey Willard from Seka Hills, cooking  

"The California Honey Festival is almost here! Chef Casey Willard joined us in the kitchen to cook up a delicious asparagus meal using honey. Amina Harris, executive director of the UCD Honey and Pollination Center, talks about all of the fun going on at the festival. There will be honey tastings, bee keeping, a kid zone, food and beer, and more! Check out the California Honey Festival and have a sweet time."