Beekeeper says nothing can be done to stop New Zealand bees picking up traces of glyphosate

Image of mānuka honey.

(TVNZ) The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) first found small traces of the chemical in 22.3% of samples it took from a range of different honey types from across the country. It later discovered further tiny traces in 11 of 60 mānuka honey products purchased from retail outlets. While MPI stresses it’s safe to eat and there is no food safety risk, they admit beekeepers have “little practical means of excluding bees from foraging on plants treated with glyphosate”, saying the only way to be sure is to place a hive in the centre of a 28 square kilometer spray-free area.