If I were to declare a goal, I would say it is: To produce my own honey for the purposes of making mead.
There are some important considerations with that qualification. Making mead could be considered similar in philosophy to making honey. I am relying on another organism to produce a product which I desire. In order to obtain the best quality product, my role is to provide optimum conditions for the organism to be healthy and thrive, thus allowing the organism to produce the product which I desire to obtain.
If I want to provide an optimum environment for my yeast to thrive when making mead, I certainly do not want to start with honey laced with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, miticides, and worse of all fungicides (yeast is a fungus after all). Depending on what honey I use, I may be subjecting the yeast to a hostile environment without even knowing it.
I could further qualify the goal by adding "for commercial sale" at the end of it, which has further implications on the economic considerations of traditional versus natural methods, but without even going there, just focusing on the bee to mead process, the natural/treatment-free approaches to beekeeping are very appealing to me and my own research and practices are leading me further down that path.
Anyone else using their honey to make mead? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on how the chemicals used to treat bees may impact the yeast and the resulting quality of the mead - haven't really found any insight on that online yet.