I feel like since the definition of veganism is
- a person who does not eat or use animal products.
It would be obvious considering the bees that make honey are in the animal kingdom, that honey is not vegan. This being said for whatever reasons there are hundreds of vegetarians that consider themselves vegan wrongfully. Quite a few people seem to just not think that bees go through any type of suffering to give honey- even if this were true it couldn’t possibly change the very definition of veganism diet or ethics wise
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
source: vegan society
However as it so happens, the process of stealing honey from bees includes:
- Ripping the wings off the queen
- Killing the queen
- Raping the queen
- Killing the worker bees
- Drugging the colony
- Smoking the entire hive
- Stealing all of the honey
- Replacing the honey with sugar water or corn syrup
Mind you it takes like two bees entire lives to make a tablespoon of honey and many beekeepers just blow the entire hive up with cyanide in order to avoid the cost of keeping them alive through winter. So, no, you’re not vegan. You’re not a ‘honey eating vegan’ or a ‘beegan’ or anything else like that. You’re a vegetarian and actually kind of a carnist. You’re not helping bees by eating honey, you’re killing them.
There are many legitimate ways to help bees that I partially go into here, and here are instructions on how to build a bee hotel. Please remember to only plant plants not treated with bee killing pesticides. It’s better to buy specifically bee friendly seeds online. A sick bee will infect and kill the entire hive or even forget what flowers smell like forever.
This is my first post on this blog so what better thing to discuss than the earths very own bees?
Most of us know how important bees are to our environment and most of us know that they are now endangered. For this article I have two tips to personally help our bees survive.
Tip #1: Nourishment
Bees frequently grow tired from carrying pollen back and forth and working all day and many may stop and sit on the floor to rest. This may be dangerous because of other humans walking around that may want to hurt them or might just not see them and accidentally step on them, or perhaps a hungry bird or another predator. The best way to help in this situation if you can is to move them out of the way of immediate traffic (off the sidewalk and to the grass perhaps) and give them a mixture of a little water and sugar to refuel their energy. Don’t worry, the bee doesn’t want to hurt you, they just want to get back to harvesting pollen for their honey!
Tip #2: Gardening
In order for bees to make honey, they need a LOT of pollen. And for that, they need a lot of flowers! You can do a great service to the bees, the environment, your house, and yourself by planting flowers that attract bees! But make sure that the plant hasn’t been treated with pesticides that may kill the bee or make it forget the scent of flowers (read more about it here & here)