Honey Criteria

In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, honey entries must meet the following standards: 

• Produced in the USA or US territories.
• Be the bona fide product of the entrant’s own bees.
• Harvested between August 2016 and August 2017.
• Extracted with minimal heat (100°) and, after extraction, not exposed to heat greater than 120°.
• Strained and/or filtered to leave in pollen.
If made with inclusions (such as fruit and herbs):
      • That grow domestically, they are locally sourced wherever possible;                       traceable; and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides,                    fungicides or fertilizers.
      • That are not grown domestically on a commercial scale, they are farm-direct,          certified organic or Fair Trade certified.

By beekeepers who owned and/or managed the bees locally and extracted the honey, and:
• Practice good animal husbandry, including:
• Do not locate hives within a five-mile radius of crops that receive heavy usage of agrochemicals.*
• Do not regularly relocate any hives major distances for commercial pollination services.**
• Manage hives using minimal chemical interventions (miteicides, antibiotics, etc.), in response to need and never prophylactically, following prescribed application guidelines.
• Feed balanced nutrition when needed, that is non-GMO and free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
• Practice social responsibility, including:
      • Engage their community in education.
      • If staff is employed in tending the hives and harvesting the honey, they are               treated respectfully and given fair compensation.

Additionally, honey entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:
• Liquid & Naturally Crystallized
• Creamed
• Infused

*The Good Food Awards acknowledges that the 5-mile range will exclude entry of honeys harvested in areas of agricultural acreage in the Midwestern heartland, California’s Central Valley and other heavily farmed sections of the country  This criterion reflects our concerns for the long-term health of bees in monoculture farming and the higher presence of trace chemicals in honeys from areas of heavy agrochemical application.

The Good Food Awards has deep respect for the work of all beekeepers who are practicing responsible husbandry and caring for the health of pollinators.  We therefore invite beekeepers in these conventionally-farmed regions, who are creating healthy, abundant, diverse, agrochemical-free pollinator habitat, to enter. They will be asked to provide compelling documentation of their work to balance the surrounding environs by providing plentiful local forage for their hives.

**Hives may be moved short distances for appropriate forage.