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Taiwan beekeepers battle to cash in on pure honey buzz

Under a shady starfruit tree Taiwanese beekeeper Jiang Hwan-bin tends his hives, pumping out pure honey for a rapidly growing market of health-conscious consumers.

Jiang’s family has been keeping bees for 80 years and he now manages 500 hives in the northwest county of Hsinchu. In total his family run around 2,000 across northern Taiwan.

A string of food safety scandals in Taiwan has driven demand for clean, traceable produce, with pure honey seen as particularly beneficial — whether stirred into water as a summer thirst-quencher or used as a sugar substitute in desserts.

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