You probably never thought about it.. but in this day and age, buying local honey is very important. Here’s a good writeup from Lifehacker, including links to more official and compelling articles.
This weeks report by Food Safety News sampled honey at grocery stores around the country, and found most of it has been filtered to the point where it has no pollen at all. The World Health Organization WHO, the European Commission, and the US Food and Drug Administration FDA all state that in order for a product to be called honey, there has to be some pollen content. The industry group that represents honey manufacturers and importers, the National Honey Board, says this is misleading, and says theyre just doing what their customers want.