Our friend, Blaine Watson, recently sent us this note: Gary, Watch out for honey. If I buy honey it is always raw, unpasteurized and ideally from the producer but most health stores sell really raw honey. There is a huge upsurge of urban beekeeping as well and it is easy to raise bees and take care of them so you can also produce your own.
Blaine sent a link to the November 9th, 2011 CNN article entitled “Most honey sold in U.S. grocery stores not worthy of its name” that said:
Photo from CNN’s “Most honey sold in U.S. grocery stores not worthy of its name”
Most of the honey sold in chain stores across the country doesn’t meet international quality standards for the sweet stuff, according to a Food Safety News analysis released this week.
One of the nation’s leading melissopalynologists analyzed more than 60 jugs, jars and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia for pollen content, Food Safety News said.
He found that pollen was frequently filtered out of products labeled “honey.” ”The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies,” the report says. “Without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”
Among the findings:
• No pollen was found in 76 percent of samples from grocery stores including TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Shoppers.
• No pollen was found in 100 percent of samples from drugstores including Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy.
• The anticipated amount of pollen was found in samples bought at farmers markets, co-ops and stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s.
Why does it matter where your honey comes from? An earlier Food Safety News investigation found that at least a third of all the honey consumed in the United States was likely smuggled from China and could be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.
Fortunately Merri and I are surrounded by beekeepers in North Carolina, Florida and Ecuador.
Local honey in our North Carolina kitchen.
Here is a sweet funky business idea that can help save the world.
Yesterday’s message was the first in this three part series on thinking outside the box or funkiness thought. See Funky Global Business here.
When I lived in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, one of my neighbors was the painter, Kit Williams. He was definitely funky by the definition that he thought (and painted) out of the box. In the late 1970s he created a book Masquerade, a children’s book that sparked a worldwide treasure hunt for a jeweled golden hare, that he had created and hidden.
Hundreds of thousands of copies sold and became the inspiration for a genre of books known today as armchair treasure hunts.
I have autographed copies of Masquerade and Kit’s next book on my bookshelf. I pull them out once in awhile to remind myself of the power of funkiness.
Kit’s next book was originally called the Book of Bees… so in a way he made a fortune from being funky from bees.
Now perhaps you can as well… earn a fortune from funkiness and bees.
Big problems create big opportunity. The biggest problem is preserving our environment so one my most fulfilling accomplishments was working with Jyske Bank when we create an entirely green investment portfolio that rose 266.3% in its first year.
The money was nice… but more important was the statement…. “gaining wealth and improving the environment can go hand in hand.”
One huge environmental problem that humanity faces is the loss of bees.
I have written about this problem many times… originally in an early 2006 article entitled “International Investments in Bee the World“.
Since that time I have been staying tuned for business ideas that involved bees. This was why I was so delighted when our son, Jake, introduced us to the Beehaus.
A press release about Beehaus said: The bees seemed to like their ultra-modern home as they buzzed happily in and out of the postbox-like slot in the grey and yellow ‘beehaus’ on the roof of state-backed conservation agency Natural England’s London offices.
The agency’s chief scientist Tom Tew said if more urban residents kept honeybees, it would increase the insects’ numbers and make them more resilient to attacks from disease and pests which threaten their survival.
“We need to recognize that if we want plants to flourish, we need healthy populations of insects to sustain them,” Tew said.
“There’s no reason why our towns and cities should exist as wildlife deserts — wildlife can thrive when we design our urban areas with nature in mind and the ‘beehaus’ is a great example of how easy it is for anyone to bring the natural world closer to their doorstep.” The number of honeybees in Britain has dropped by up to 15 percent in the past two years, according to government figures, as they face a growing range of diseases and wild flowers they feed on are wiped out by urban development.
Bee keeping in the middle of a city. What a funky idea!
Yet this an idea that is scientifically sound. Urban areas are better for bees than agricultural areas for several reasons. There are more pesticides in agricultural areas. In urban areas all the concrete keeps the environment warmer so flowers bloom longer.
There is an article in the Guardian Newspaper entitled “Hi, honey I’m home – the new hobby that’s creating a buzz in Britain’s towns and cities” Here is an excerpt: New plastic hive promises affordable beekeeping. The humble native honeybee has been dying out in recent years due to disease, but it may have found an unlikely ally in a creature which shares a reputation for busyness: the urban dweller. Apiarist courses in many places are over-subscribed and membership of beekeeping associations has shot up with the increased awareness of the plight of the productive pollinator. Those without gardens are increasingly using rooftops for their hives.
With promises of 50 jars of homemade honey a year they hope to tempt the busy townie who dreams of the good life. And with the support of Natural England, the agency responsible for safeguarding England’s natural environment, its green credentials seem intact. Certainly, there is a market.
“There has been a definite shift in the demographics of people coming into beekeeping,” said Tim Lovett, chairman of the British Beekeepers’ Association, which has seen membership increase by 3,000 to 14,500 in the last 18 months.
“Many of our new members are in urban settings, the worried wealthy, so to speak. They are environmentally aware people, who would like to do a lot more than they are able because of their busy lives.
“They are the concerned working families, the professionals under pressure from their kids who are getting the story at school. And now they are getting the message. Beekeeping is not incompatible with busy family and working life.”
But with urban beekeeping comes responsibility. There are fears would-be beekeepers, seduced by the apparent simplicity of the new hive, could order on a whim with no thought for the practicalities. This could lead to the spread of diseases, the death of their bees or huge swarms in their neighbours’ gardens.
“These are legitimate concerns,” said Dr Tom Tew, chief scientist for Natural England, “and the first thing we would stress is that anyone thinking of keeping bees should speak to their local beekeeper association.
“But,” he said of the Beehaus, “we support anything that helps promote the honeybee.”
The Beehaus has been developed by Johannes Pauls and his company, Omlet, previously created a plastic chicken coop, called Eglu, that sparked a wave of urban chicken keeping in England. Omlet supplies everything including a full bee suit for about $800. Bees cost between $100 and $200. They will provide training parties as well.
So where is the sweet funky business opportunity?
Merri and I have been doing all we can here at our farm to encourage bees.
We continually buy the local honey and give it away as gifts to encourage local bee keepers. Here are two and a half quarts we bought at the farmers market before we left for the winter.
We also grow sunflowers.
A lot of them because…
they attract bees. Often two bees will be on each blossom, like these busy guys I photoed.
Not to mention the bouquets I get to put on Merri’s desk.
Here is the sweet funky business potential.
Beehaus is just in the UK. You may want to export Beehauses from there.
Or create and sell something like it your own… in your urban area. The need is global.
Just the honey sales make sense.
I bought the three jars of local honey above and paid $12 a quart. (But this was at the Farmers’ Market in Ashe County, where prices are very low.) If one hive produced 50 quarts, at $12 a quart this would generate $600 income a year on an investment of maybe $1.000 plus an hour’s work a week. 60% is a pretty good cash flow to work with.
There are a multitude of fringe opportunities that can be built around this sweet, funky, simple idea… that creates profit and is good for the environment.
How can we start a sweet, funky global business? Certainly our emailed course on how to have a global internet business can help.
Yet there is more. Bees may be your thing or not.
Do what you love.
Merri and I love nature and honey… so this idea might make sense… for us.
Though a funky bee keeping business will not be for everyone… we can let bees tell us how to find our business.
Our son, Jake, introduced this idea it to me… and by happenstance, I had felt compelled to take these shots of Foxglove and bees in our front yard.
These flowers have this intelligence to become an object of such beauty that bees fall in love.
Here is one dancing in her sweet nectar… the flower and the bee in a romance …apart but as one in a dance of life. Not knowing that in their worship they are also pollinating the world. They do not do this because they think this is what to do. They are led by the divine intellect of the heart… filling their being with joy.
You can let that same infinite wisdom in your heart lead you to turn your passion into a profit.
Sound pretty funky?
Read the entire CNN article Most honey sold in U.S. grocery stores not worthy of its name
A Growing DeceptionWhile the world was distracted by the American politics, a more important power struggle is taking place. If that struggle is lost what’s left of our privacy, the safety of our food supply, the control over our health, the safety of our money and even the sanctity of our opinions and thoughts could be lost.
Almost half of America’s voters rejected the postwar global economic order. This could leave a cloud of uncertainty over the U.S. and world economies, that create market risks at any time. Yet the bigger danger continues to grow. This struggle is taking place, right now. You are reading about a tiny part of this conflict daily in the news. Part of the danger is that most of the clash is hidden from view. The public does not see underneath the visible spin nor do they understand the truly horrible consequences that losing this struggle brings.
The great risk comes because there is an association forming that could not only impact health care, nutrition and the environment, but can control what you read on the internet, see over cell phones, watch on TV and what trends in social media. In short everything you write or say could be used to control what you hear and read.
The warning shot, that could be seen, was the merger between Bayer and Monsanto. This union is horrible enough, yet is only the tip of the iceberg as there are seven companies involved in a more sinister plot.
The momentum of this dangerous alliance has picked up much faster than anticipated. I began researching and preparing a report “Learn Anywhere, Earn Everywhere” last month when the Bayer-Monsanto merger was the big deal. Bayer and Monsanto are two of the seven firms involved in this almost invisible take-over of our food and medical services as well as the internet, cell phones and TV. I started researching when I found the depth of the Bayer-Monsanto merger. I was truly concerned and shocked because my research discovered that the consolidation of Bayer and Monsanto is not the biggest merger nor the most dangerous by far.
I miscalculated how much time we have. I went to work on the report right away, taking my time to delve deeply, but even before I have finished the report, events have begun to heat up. The pace of this hidden unification has increased. Now another merger is taking place, far more destructive and the alliance has an incredible lobby program working to make sure that the deal goes through.
A triad of three huge concerns and four smaller ones with hundreds of billions of dollars have built one of the most formidable lobbying operations in Washington. Nearly 100 registered lobbyists are already on retainer and they include former members of Congress. One company in this heptagon is also the largest donor to federal lawmakers. The donations we know of equal more than $11 million to 374 of the House’s 435 members and 85 of the Senate’s 100 members in this election cycle.
This deadly seven point affiliation is likely to snake into almost every part of our livelihood. One part of the cartel will increase our dependence on modified food that can purposely increase our needs for pharmaceuticals manufactured and sold at outrageous prices by another arm of the group. The organizations will know more about us than any other group in existence. They will (in fact they already are) act as spies for the government. This amalgamation will control what ads we see, the products we buy, listen into our phone calls and even monitor and influence what we see on TV.
Sadly most of the public will not even know that this fusion has taken place. Life will appear to go on as normal. They won’t even see the change as what’s left of their good life which could be drained away by corporate malfeasance.
This is why I am rushing a report to you so you can be one of the few who avoid the ruin of this alliance and even gain rather than lose what’s left. The report contains seven steps we can take to gain benefits and protection from this cartel.
Here is some background. At the beginning of the 20th century, Carl Duisberg, the head of Bayer, created a profit sharing cartel from three firms BASF, Bayer and Agfa, called the Dreibund (Triple Alliance) or little IG.
This German chemical association dominated commerce everywhere under the name of IG Farben, the largest company in Europe, the 4th largest anywhere and the largest chemical company in the world.
Because “Power Corrupts” this company morphed into something truly evil before and during the Second World War.
After WWII IG Farben was considered so morally corrupt it could not be allowed to continue to exist and was split into its original constituent companies. Today Agfa, BASF, Sanofi and Bayer remain.
This is where facts become truly scary. Some of these very same companies have merged with other mega concerns to create a new American Dreibund (a Triple Alliance dominating the USA). This new cartel has such power it can take control of your food, your medicine and even influence if not control what you read and the information you access for health and wealth. Even worse, they can monitor everything you do and give it to others in government and business as well.
From a political point of view we cannot do much about this alliance. The cartel has hundreds of billions and hundreds of lobbyists. They are making their big move right now, to take advantage of the election distraction. They know that right after the election politicians are willing to accept bad news because it will be forgotten in four years. In addition their greatest enemy in the government has only a couple of months left as the head of the Federal agency that will fight this cartel.
Only a few people will know how to take advantage of the inadvertent advantages we can gain from the results of this alliance.
The sooner we act, the greater the benefits. This is why I want to rush my newest report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” to you. This report shares how to protect what you have from this coalition that is taking over mainstream media, our food supply as well as our medical history, health care and communications.
Fortunately a loophole can set you free. You can protect what you have and actually improve your situation, a lot. Merri and I have already jumped though the loophole and want to share why and how you should too.
How to Gain Extra Freedom – While Almost Everyone Loses Theirs. Become a Pruppie!
May I coin a new word, Pruppie?
We all know about preppers. They believe that the world, as we know it, is about to end. And we also know about Uppies, upward professionals as in Yuppies, young upward professionals. Uppies expect their world to get better.
The reality is that our worlds have changed and for most of us, there is still great opportunity for a better lifestyle, yet the preppies could be right.
I invite you to join Merri and me as Pruppies, those who expect the world to get better and live and earn based on that expectation but enjoy a progressive lifestyle of freedom that also happens to prepare us for bad times as well as good.
Just in case… the world goes sideways… we will still survive and prosper anyway. We do not give up anything much. We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.
For example in this report, you’ll see how to make your dining room table bring you more control, more time, more income and more freedom. After all, what can be more accessible than a dining room table?
You’ll even learn how to turn dining room tables into income and tax deductions as we have with these dining room tables we build out of local wood.
Let me be clear. I expect that the world will get better, at least for the few who adapt and avoid the dangers the American Dreibund has planned for the public. The wealth of the world, albeit with inequality, has continued to grow. There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do. There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential but also works well in disaster scenarios.
Let me provide one simple, concrete example. Ginseng. This is a great health root. The demand is growing especially in China. At times good dried Ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound! This is an incredible and easy crop to grow. The less care you give it, the more valuable it can become. Yet if everything goes south, the health qualities will be good to have and make it an excellent barter item. Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back year.
Even better one of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable but can be grown on land that is extraordinarily cheap.
Ginseng growing in our back yard. I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report.
There are are specific places that reduce your living expenses, easily increase your income, make you smarter, healthier and provide tax benefits as well.
Learn about these specific places. More important learn what makes these places special and seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar spots of opportunity.
Here are some of the experiences this report shares:
The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire. (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not).
The report is very specific because it is about what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing.
Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning globally.
- Learn about the magic of the north facing slope. This is where Merri and I live almost half of our time. North facing mountain land is some of the least expensive in the world but has hidden values that the report reveals. There is a lot of this land and a lot of hidden value that you can tap. When we bought our Blue Ridge farm (252 acres) I mentioned this to my Swiss banking friend. “That’s bigger than the entire village where I live!” was his response. Smalltown USA offers a last chance at having a lot of space. By living in two Smalltown places there are enormous tax advantages as well. One step in the system saves Merri and me over $28,345 in taxes a year.
The report shows how to buy cheap north facing slopes and create an income producing tiny home for $29,000 or less.
If you lack the $29,000 to invest, a start up using tents is even less. These are tipis we put up at our farm before we built our first tiny home. Learn how they can create tens of thousands of dollars in income for you.
- See ways that small businesses like Tipi rentals can create BIG tax savings as well as extra income. For more than 30 years Merri and I have enjoyed a strong six figure income, some years more, in the millions. Yet there have been very few years when we had to pay federal income tax. The report lays out a three structure program and how it is used when you are in school (up to age 30), then from 25 to 50, 50 to 70 and beyond 70. Learn why Chapter C corporations and pensions can be better than the normally recommended Chapter S. See how new mileage log rules gives you a possible opportunity to increase your tax deductions using IRS Form 4562. Using a two-vehicle strategy you can gain $12,976 in new deductions even if you do not have to drive one mile further or spend one additional penny on your car.
- See how a greenhouse can help you eat better and be healthier, plus provide income and a tax deduction and be funded by a government grant.
Our North Carolina greenhouse.
Our Florida greenhouse.
- There are similar benefits from having a second home office defined in IRS publication 463 and IRS publication 587, even if your desk is a dining room table. The report also shows how your dining room table can become an actual income producer as its creates a huge tax deduction at the same time, not to mention a great place to eat, work and lay out plans for a brighter, safer more lucrative and enjoyable future.
- Living in this environment is also healthier, economically as well as physically. You’ll see in the report how researchers at Harvard found an amazing correlation between living in conditions found on north facing slopes, longevity and mental health. The researchers were quite surprised by this strong correlation that also extended into mental health. In addition to feeling better, reducing stress and having more Joie de Vivre the places outlined in “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” can help you avoid hospitals, high cost disease management (aka health care) and BIG pharma while providing an investment opportunity in three plants that have some of the fastest growing demand in natural health care. These three plants are just one of seven business opportunities that can create multiple streams of income.
- How changes in cell phone and internet technology eliminated the need to be in one place. An old law that creates new opportunity for small business in small towns is available to everyone.
- Use the specific search and purchase guide. Construction plans are included that show how to generate first tier income that leads to five, second tier avenues of earnings.
- How to pay off old debt and avoid new debt by avoiding spurts and embracing value.
- Learn seven skills that will always have value. See how to turn First Aid, medicinal plants, hospitality, food, trees, alternate energy and writing to sell into everlasting, low stress wealth.
This pond at our farm is a pleasure but also helps create a safe, healthy food supply and creates a tax deduction as well.
This may be the most important report I have written in 50 years. The information is certainly the most urgent. Do not delay. The risks are upon us right now and you’ll understand how the final steps of the alliance are taking place as you read the current news.
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