But who's indignant now? In a yin/yang turning of tables, I read today that Sen. Chuck Schumer has a bee in his bonnet about China's sales of honey to the U.S., saying that China has (quite likely) avoided honey tariffs and is undermining U.S. producers (already suffering from widespread bee mortality and hive collapse) by shipping through third parties and calling the product something else (like malt sweetener or blended syrup). He wants the FDA to come up with a honey standard which will protect us from China "playing by its own rules to the detriment of everyone else." I wish I could take credit for the clever suggestion, offered in the comments section of this news item, that we need a "sting operation."
The stings might be alleviated by opium.
Here's something interesting: after China was sufficiently overcome by opium addiction, Bayer IG came up with a clever way to help. The cure for opium addiction was .... morphine. And after there were too many morphine addicts, Bayer began to market its own trademarked product to combat morphine addiction. No, it wasn't aspirin. It was heroin. You can learn about these interesting developments in Narcotic Culture in China.
Drug wars are old hat. Clearly we need a War on Honey.
Wudang Amber '07
Funny thing. Three years ago, my first trip to Wudang, I was overcome by something respiratory on the mountain. Along with an armload of Chinese medicine (and Alka-Seltzer Plus, which really worked well), I was urged to use the local honey in tea or hot water. It was great. I tried to bring some home, but couldn't get it through airport security. I forgot it was a dangerous gel. In 2008, I returned with some, carefully packed in checked luggage. Chuck Schumer would probably think I was a smuggler.