The refinement process means that the source of the sugar is largely irrelevant. I honestly doubt even a professional laboratory would be capable of testing any given sample of refined sugar and telling you what it came from.The reason I ask is because beet sugar beets tend to be GMO seeds . I know that the sugar is the same from either beets or cane , but with the beets being modified to be pesticide resistant , it would just stand to reason then that they are exposed to the different pesticides . I have a hard time believing that none of this pesticide makes its way to the beet , and eventually the sugar itself . I wonder if this might explain some of the unexplained hive deaths we have been seeing . The beet sugar is more common and less expensive where I live also , but thankfully ( or not ) I don't have enough hives yet for the cost difference to be prohibitive . Its just something I have to think about in my overall expansion plan .
This is the only time that I think you should feed...except for a new package. All other times I think it's best to leave them enough of their own honey for them to make it.And what do you do if you're having a particularly bad year and not only are you getting no honey for yourself, but the hives aren't bringing enough in to make it through winter on their own?