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Can Egypt sweeten deal for small beekeepers?

Egypt organizes its first beekeepers festival, but small producers wonder whether their presence will make a buzz.
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CAIRO — Can Egyptians — huge consumers of saturated sugar — switch to honey? The organizers of Cairo’s first honey festival next week certainly hope so.

“Egyptians are major consumers of sugar, especially in jams and halva, [which are saturated sugar],” Mahmoud Hassan, chairman of MEDmart, which organizes the festival, told Al-Monitor. “We want to change that culture and get them to use honey — which is a healthier alternative — as one of the main ingredients at the Egyptian table. The festival will feature chefs cooking dishes with honey as a substitute for sugar.”

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