Organic-produced honey, like many exotic honeys, commands a higher price in the marketplace. But to be sure you are getting what you pay the extra prioce for, it is important to know what "oraganic honmey" means, at least in the United States.
Alex Wild, who teach a university beekeeping class, says (see the full article here in Scientific American):
Since beekeepers don't own the tens of thousands of acres surrounding their hives, they have no control over what their bees are bringing home.Mr. Wild makes a good argument; since beekeepers cannot control where bees go to collect nectar, they can't assure that all sources are organic and free of pesticide residues. On the other hand, a honey that is produced from hiveslocated in a pristine wilderness area would be as close to "organic" as any honey could be, whether they are certifief or not.
Organic honey isn't impossible. It's just beyond of the ability of most beekeepers. Bee yards situated in isolated spots deep in the Adirondacks, or mountain valleys in sparsely-populated New Mexico, can probably pull off honey free of agrochemicals. Most beekeepers operate within a bee's flight of pesticides, however, making "organic" honey an illusory proposition. ....
Certainly some of the honey labelled as "organic" may actually lack pesticide traces. But I'd not count on it. None of the certification protocols take into account the newly-documented problem of wax contamination, and most underestimate the real foraging radius of a large bee colony.
The USDA has strict honeyion and labeling requirements for organic products, including honey. Organic honeys must meet the following requirements:
Overall, if you make a honey and want to claim that it or its
ingredients are organic, your final honey probably needs to be
certified. If you are not certified, you must not make any organic
claim on the principal display panel or use the USDA organic seal
anywhere on the package*. The beekeeper may only, on the information panel,
identify the certified organic ingredients as organic and the
percentage of organic ingredients.
*Some operations are exempt from certification, including organic farmers who sell $5,000 or less.
Whether the honey is certified or not, look for a location away from urban areas and large conventional agricultural areas that use pesticides. For example, most blueberry growers do not use pesticides. Orbeehives located in a remote forests.