In antiquity, honey was the most common sweetener. The famous Minoan gold jewelry depicting two bees depositing a drop of honey in a hive, dates back to the Middle Bronze Age (about 1,700 BC), proving its long history and use.
In organic beekeeping, honeybees are placed as close as possible (within a radius of 3 km) to organic crops or zones of native vegetation and, in any case, away from urban centers and industrialized areas or garbage collection points. Artificial feeding of bees is only allowed in extremely difficult conditions, such as bad weather, when bee survival is likely to be threatened. This is done only with foods allowed in organic beekeeping. The use of pharmaceuticals and antibiotics for the treatment of diseases is not allowed, either for preventive or therapeutic purposes.