US melissopalynologist (let's call him a "pollen detective") Vaughn Bryant found that 75% of honey on US supermarket shelves contained no pollen at all having been through an ultra-filtration technique perfected by Chinese producers. Without pollen there's no real proof of the country of origin (pollen acts as the honey's DNA) and therefore Bryant argues no real proof that the product is legally honey – as opposed to dyed fructose corn syrup.
It takes somewhere in the region of a million flower visits to make one jar of honey. One colony can produce just 50-100 jars per year. This is precious stuff. But we consume it in graceless fashion: in bulk and at the cheapest price. In a good year, we produce just 7,000 tonnes in the UK. Over a quarter of honey sold in the UK is imported from China...which begs the question, is it really honey that we are buying?
Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/11/organic-honey-any-such-thing