Beekeeping and honey production in Japan and South Korea: past and present

Ryo Kohsaka, Mi Sun Park, Yuta Uchiyama

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Abstract

Background Bee honey is a main ingredient in traditional food culture in different regions of the world. Honey is widely utilized as an ethnic food item. Methods This paper analyzes the historical and present status of beekeeping and honey production in Japan and South Korea based on the relevant literature and statistical data. Results The findings reveal that Western honeybees are dominant in the two countries for economic and physical reasons. Honey production has declined and the amount of imported honey has increased in Japan and South Korea. The domestic and global honey markets closely influence reciprocally. Furthermore, urban beekeeping has emerged in these two countries as a hobby and an industry; it contributes to producing domestic honey and enhances the quality of the environment. Conclusion To ensure sustainable forestry and conserve biodiversity, native beekeeping is necessary. This paper provides insight into beekeeping and honey production in Japan and South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ethnic Foods
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun

Keywords

  • bee honey
  • native beekeeping
  • pollination
  • sustainability
  • tradition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Anthropology

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