A beekeeper lifts a beehive out of a wooden box, as bees fly around Bee populations fall whilst honey consumption rises - is honey really as sweet as we think? - Media Credit: Adobe Stock

Is Honey Vegan, And Is It Ethical? The Not-So-Sweet Truth

Here's how and why bees make honey (and 11 vegan alternatives for you to try)

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Bees are highly social and cooperative insects. They have a unique and complex form of communication based on sight, motion, and scent that even scientists don’t fully understand.

Bees communicate with each other through intricate “dance” movements. And research has shown that they are capable of abstract thinking, as well as distinguishing their family members from other bees in the hive.

But bees are perhaps best known for their honey.

Nature’s sweet sauce comes with unique properties. It appears in everything from cakes to cheese to tea (it was even once used as an ingredient in embalming fluid). Honey is linked to a host of health benefits, as it contains antioxidants that have been proven to help lower blood pressure.

But what exactly is honey? Are bees harmed to make it? And is it vegan?

Since honey comes from an animal, it is not considered vegan. As The Vegan Society states, “honey is made by bees for bees.” Just like cow’s milk and chicken eggs, the natural production of honey is not intended for human consumption. (Scroll to the bottom of the article for some of the best vegan honey alternatives.)

How and why do bees make honey?

A bee collects pollen from a flower
Adobe Stock Bees collect nectar to make honey

Bees feed on pollen and nectar, but honey is their single source of food during the winter months. Alison Benjamin is the co-author of A World Without Bees and Good Bee: A Celebration Of Bees And How To Save Them. She explains: “When there are no flowers or it’s too cold to get to them, the bees will starve.”

And so, they collect nectar from flowering plants to make honey, which is then stored inside the hive for a rainy day (literally). “Nectar is the carbohydrates that fuel their flight. Pollen provides the protein they feed to their larvae so that they can develop into strong, healthy adult bees,” Benjamin explains.

A honeybee will visit up to 1,500 flowers to collect enough nectar to fill their stomach. When returning to the hive, the bee regurgitates and chews the nectar, turning it from complex to simple sugars.

This process is repeated thousands of times throughout the spring and summer. Yet a single bee produces just a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime – and every ounce is “fundamental” to their hive, according to the The Vegan Society. (Notably, it takes the pollination of two million flowers – and around 55,000 miles of bee flights – to produce a single pound of honey.)

“It is not an individual bee that the honey is feeding but the colony – made up of a queen and about 10,000 worker bees in the winter,” Benjamin explains.

How do bees help the environment?

The weeks and miles of work put in by bees benefits the ecosystem, too.

“When bees visit the flowers for their food, they transport some of the pollen from the male part to the female part of the flower, allowing it to reproduce seeds and fruits which is why they are so important for agriculture and the ecosystem,” Benjamin says.

“They pollinate one in every three mouthfuls we eat, as well as nuts, berries, and seeds for birds and mammals in the food chain, and the trees and other vegetation on the planet that sequesters carbon in the atmosphere.”

A bee collecting pollen from some purple flowers outside
Kosolovskyi Vasyl / Adobe Stock Bees pollinate around one-third of the world’s food

Indeed, bees pollinate all manners of fruit including apples, cherries, blueberries, and cranberries. Blueberries and cherries are 90 percent dependent on bees, and almonds require 100 percent honeybee pollination at bloom time.

This is a contentious topic in itself; millions of honeybees are transported around the US to pollinate almond trees, according to Scientific American. The same practices are used to pollinate avocados.

Benjamin warns that forcing bees to gather pollen nectar from “vast swaths of a single crop deprives them of the far more diverse and nourishing diet provided by wild habitats.” Transferring the animals also “continually boomerangs honeybees between times of plenty and borderline starvation,” she notes.

A world without bees

It’s not just our food; pollinators play critical roles everywhere we look. “When we look at the benefit of pollinators to our natural world, the numbers are staggering,” maintains the Xerces Society, an environmental nonprofit. “Pollinators keep plant communities healthy and productive … A nature walk or stroll through a garden would be a very different experience without pollinators.”

Professor Johanne Brunet, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shares a similar view. “Humans depend on plants and plants depend on pollinators,” Brunet says. “A balance must be maintained in order to sustain life on earth and protect human survival and health.”

Why are bee populations declining?

Tractor spraying pesticides over crops on a farm
Adobe Stock Insecticides are poisoning millions of pollinating insects, like bees, every year

There are more than 20,000 species of bees and more than 90 million beehives across the world, according to Statista. But bee populations are dwindling.

Out of the 2,000 wild bee species in Europe, one in 10 is facing extinction, The Soil Association states. And globally, an estimated one in six bee species is regionally extinct, whilst more than 40 percent are vulnerable to extinction.

Pesticides are one factor driving this decline; the insecticide neonicotinoid is thought to be the leading cause of falling bee populations. In fact, research shows the chemical can now be found inside honey itself.

Mass bee deaths

Whilst investigating for her book, Benjamin discovered millions of honeybees had died due to pesticides, parasites, and poor nutrition. This is, in part, due to the intensive farming methods adopted by humans. “In the US, large-scale beekeepers regularly report at least a third of their colonies die each year,” Benjamin notes.

“Lack of nutritious food is also a problem because the bees will be transported to one monoculture after another to pollinate – often thousands of miles apart in the US – but it’s not providing them with a healthy diet, so this again will also make them weak.”

Oftentimes, beekeepers replace the honey they remove from a hive with a sugar substitute. This practice prompts honeybees to overwork themselves to replace the missing honey. Meanwhile, the sugar replacement lacks the nutrients, fats, and vitamins in honey that bees need to be healthy.

Is honey production cruel?

PETA UK’s director, Elisa Allen, maintains that the honey industry “abuses bees for profit.”

“They’re subjected to genetic manipulation, their hives are smoked out, and their wings and legs are torn off as they’re pushed out of the way, all so that humans can steal their honey – which is their fuel and their life’s work and rightly belongs to them, not us,” Allen says.

“Many beekeepers use inhumane methods to ensure their own safety and to reach production quotas, including cutting off the queen bee’s wings so that she can’t leave the colony and killing drones to extract semen in order to inseminate the queen.”

Honeybees swarm around a queen bee in a hive
Michal Bednarek / Adobe Stock Many bees are mistreated or killed in the honey industry

Royal jelly, also called “bee milk,” is a substance similar to gelatine that is used in cosmetics. It’s harvested from the glands of queen honeybees. Benjamin says this is the “most cruelly produced” product as it can only be produced on an industrial scale by bees “treated purely as royal jelly machines.”

11 vegan substitutes for honey

There are lots of natural honey substitutes out there. You can also purchase vegan honey products online. Read on for 11 swaps for honey that are bee-free but just as sweet as the real thing.

1. Maple syrup

Tapped from maple trees, this sap is a sweet-tooth’s delight. Bake with it, top your pancakes with it, or add it to your favorite marinades for sweet perfection.

There are plenty of options available online, like Kirkland Signature’s Canadian Maple Syrup, or Buckwud’s organic maple syrup.

2. Agave nectar

Agave nectar comes from agave plants, which are succulents native to Mexico. It has a neutral flavor and works like honey in many recipes. The syrup contains less glucose than refined sugars and is the perfect way to sweeten a cup of tea.

The Groovy Food Company produces a wide range of agave nectars, with flavors like Blueberry, Cinnamon, Strawberry, and Vanilla.

3. Rice syrup

A sweet and sticky natural sweetener made from whole grain brown rice, rice syrup is a macrobiotic staple. The flavor may be too strong for tea or atop pancakes, but use it just like you would honey in recipes.

It has a higher glycemic index than most other sweeteners, and can be purchased online.

4. Barley malt

Like brown rice syrup, barley malt is the concentrated sweetener from whole grain barley. It’s great in baked goods, too.

5. Coconut nectar

A tray of vegan Coconut oil flapjacks
The Coconut Company Coconut flapjacks made from coconut nectar

This nectar comes from the sap of coconut trees. Minimally processed, it is widely considered purer than syrups made from coconut sugar. You can find coconut nectar made by The Coconut Company here.

Add it to dried fruit, dates, and oats to make these vegan Coconut Flapjacks.

6. Date syrup

Dates are frequently used in cakes and sweet treats. Additionally, they can be made into syrup by soaking, boiling, and sieving. Biona makes an organic date syrup, or try your hand at making your own using Lazy Cat Kitchen’s recipe.

7. Molasses

A naturally rich source of plant-based iron, molasses is exceptionally sweet. It’s got a strong bite to it, too, making its flavor distinct. Use in your favorite baking recipes, but ideally halve it with another more neutral sweetener like rice syrup or agave nectar.

8. Sorghum syrup

Sorghum syrup is made from the grassy sorghum plant and resembles molasses. It can be used to add sweetness to baked goods.

9. Vegan honea

A hand is holding a jar of Plant Based Artisan Vegan Honea, above a bowl of blueberries
Vegan honea is an alternative which often contain prebiotics, which can help improve gut health

Honea is often made from natural flavorings including apple juice, lemon juice, and molasses. Some vegan honea products – such as those developed by Plant-Based Artisan – are made with prebiotics proven to support gut health.

10. Fruit syrups

Concentrated fruit syrups can work as honey substitutes in baking recipes. Or, mixed with maple for a sweet topping to your pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

11. Raw sugar

Swapping out liquid honey with raw sugar in baked goods takes a bit of finessing but can be done. You typically just need to up your liquid content.

For more ways to help protect bees, see here.

This article was originally published on April 2, 2021. It was last updated on September 3, 2022.

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neelsn
neelsn
1 year ago

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Martin Hooper
Martin Hooper
1 year ago

What makes you vegans appear utterly, utterly ridiculous, is your apparent distinction between organisms that move, and those that don’t. They are all alive, and NONE of them were meant for humans. So how is it that your not ‘exploiting’ plants? Are you any better than the people that cut down rainforests? I think not. Grow up-our very existence is a matter of consumption, ergo, humans cannot exist without ‘exploiting’ something to survive. Not to mention the only reason you are able to think like you do is because of mankind’s omnivorous diet-we would never have left the tree’s and become what we are, now, without eating meat(protein is the most effective fuel for brain development)- the very existence of veganism is a backwards step for human intelligence, only serving to inflate a personal ego, and provide a ‘soap box’, if you will, for an individual to try and make the rest of the world notice them. I have news for you-the rest of the world doesn’t care, there are much bigger problems at hand. The issue is, how do we make the consumption of NECESSARY meat products environmentally sustainable? People like you only serve to limit humanity, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin Hooper

The only way to make any food ( plant or animal ) sustainable is to reduce the human population and return to more natural farming methods. We’re running out of resources!

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Are you volunteering for the suicide with aim to reduce human population?

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

You first! I’m only interested in reducing the birth rate.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Firstly, reducing the birth rate is not the best way of reducing the population. By doing that you would cause the population to grow older on average with all the negative consequences of that.
Secondly “more natural methods” are inefficient. So unless you want to spend vast majority of your income for food, that is not going to work – especially in connection with your first idea.
Thirdly, Earth resources in the terms of farming are nearly unlimited – not literally of course, but in relation to the size of population.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  Marc

Welcome to Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Sixty yrs of harvests left on worlds major cropping lands.
30 % of greenhouse gases from industrial agriculture ( plant and animal ).
Desertification rate for arable lands 23 hectares per minuet.
Estimated size of human population, whilst maintaining good levels of bio-diversity, and zero greenhouse gases well into the future, 1-2 billion.
So if you’ve got any better ideas other than the dramatic reductio of the birth rate I’m open to suggestions.

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

If we stop farming for animal food everything will be fine. Stop eating meat. You don’t need it. You are just being selfish.

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

You are completely WRONG. We can be 20 billion Humans on Earth living sustainably and it’ll be fine. Stop spreading silly nonsense. The Earth is enormous and it has enormous capacity to have us all as long as we don’t harm it. REMEMBER: “The more the Humans on Earth, the more the Geniuses. And we need plenty of those to survive and spread to the Universe. Imagine if there was just few million people around and a killer Pandemic or an Armagedonous asteroid fell on Earth. There’ll be no one left. A 7.5 billions population has created all the Science, Philosophy and Arts we wouldn’t have otherwise. Be grateful!”

James Hall
James Hall
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin Hooper

You’re the only one who’s sounding ridiculous here, and I don’t have the patience, time, or inclination to argue with you. Meat products are not “necessary” and nor is a vegan diet or caring for other creatures that we share this planet with “limiting humanity”. Having empathy for another living creature is not a thing to be ashamed of.

Martin Hooper
Martin Hooper
1 year ago
Reply to  James Hall

Yet here you are, arguing with me…..and I have to say, your reply doesn’t seem to make much sense!

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin Hooper

It’s quite obvious that you do not understand the Human Condition. Nothing can be perfect but Death, in life. Human Condition is the state we Humans are in. What we Vegans do is live our lives causing the least friction to the environment and that’s not polluting, not farming animals, abuse them, kill them, sell them and eat them, leave bees alone to do what they know best for the good of everyone and did I mentioned causing the least friction to the environment? If we all eat nothing we’ll all die. If we all eat like you eat, we’ll all die. We Vegans have found a Goldilocks place causing the least harm and still surviving quite well. What have YOU done?

Zachary Champoux
Zachary Champoux
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin Hooper

Do you honestly believe plants deserve the same moral consideration as animals? Are you going to start the first Society for the Ethical Treatment of Apples? Now you’re the one sounding utterly, utterly ridiculous.

The human brain, which uses 20% of our body’s energy, runs off of glucose. Our brains use glucose for energy. Far more likely than your theory that eating flesh evolved us from monkeys, is the fact that we learned how to cook starches. Starches are long chains of glucose, a sustained form of energy for our brain.

Veganism is a step away from the anthropocentric perspective that got us into this mess. If eating flesh is NECESSARY, then why did the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics release an official, peer reviewed statement claiming that a vegan diet is healthy throughout all stages of life?

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago

Ingested sugars not necessary for brain function ie. Inuit
No evidence of cooked starches being used as a staple. Cranial capacity and intelligence of early Hominins had already increased 2-3fold before cooking arrived, ( Think about it, you can’t gain brain power through cooking unless you’re smart enough to control fire and cook in the first place )
The statement in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is co authored by 3 vegans.
The consumption of flesh isn’t necessary but only if you live in a society that can supply you with a wide range of alternatives and supplements, which most of the world do not.

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

The Inuit people are the exception not the rule. Plus, of course they eat plants during the Spring/Summer months. Why do I need to tell you that most of them have moved to civilised areas where they can live like Human beings? And why do I need to tell you that the ones who remained in icy territories get groceries and supplements from outside during the Winter months? Perhaps you could tell us of Inuit innovations and literature before they were found by Europeans.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  Homer Antoniou

Ill-informed, arrogant, and not far from racist.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

If eating meat is what caused our brains to develop, why don’t sabertooth tigers reign supreme on this planet, enslaving humanoid monkeys with their superior intelligence?

But in all seriousness, nobody really knows how or why the brain developed – some say it’s a result of hunting and the necessary memorization/tracking abilities, some say it was induced by the consumption of psychedelic mushrooms.

In the end, we don’t know. We only know that we can eat & digest meat as well as plant foods. So it’s a matter of personal choice. And all in all, we’ll be better off if we eat local, and yes, put a little more focus on the plant aspect – this is also better for health and longevity. Processed foods high in animal fats and sugar, and meat that doesn’t even look like meat any more, will kill both us and the environment in the long run.

Zachary Champoux
Zachary Champoux
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

The brain uses 20% of the human body’s energy and it uses glucose. This is fact. Inuit are ketogenic, a state of starvation where the brain is forced to use ketones for energy instead. In 2009 they found remains of a village in Mozambique from 105,000 years ago and concluded they lived off of starches.

Zachary Champoux
Zachary Champoux
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Grains and legumes are the cheapest and most widely available foods in the world.

Zachary Champoux
Zachary Champoux
11 months ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Inuit live on the outskirts of civilization in a c I stunt state of ketosis. All large, successful civilizations were and continue to live on starch-based diets.

What does it matter if 3 vegans co-authored the statement? Should I dismiss all papers and statements written by carnists? Their statement is based on meta-analysis of dietary and nutritional literature.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
11 months ago

“ Carnist” is a term invented by vegans to describe those that don’t subscribe to animal rights dogma ie. Normal people.

Pure science should be open to all facts and should never come from a fixed position, or allow emotions to dictate the outcome of any research, ie a belief in no animal usage. Would you believe a researcher that had ties to the meat industry? or a Jehovahs Witness on the validity of evolution? The only reason you defend the three vegans is because you hope they will promote your cause (they may be right?).

As a Biocentrist I don’t care too much what other people eat providing it doesn’t damage the Biosphere, which invariably it does. Civilizations are all starched-based,( as is the SWD (Standard Western Diet) because they rely on large populations supported by agriculture, the Inuit at least did no damage.

Gary
Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  Martin Hooper

Bees have a central nervous system. Plants don’t. Please look it up since obviously think you’re more intelligent then most and certainly won’t listen to anyone on this site. You may also need to look up what a central nervous system is.

Ardenpops
Ardenpops
1 year ago

I keep bees – just a few hives as a hobby. All the small beekeepers I know keep bees because they want to help the environment and a fascinated by the bees which are amazing creatures. We feed the bees so they survive when there is not much forage and only take a small amount of honey and leave ample to see the bees through the winter. Sometimes I take no honey at all. I understand that commercial breaking is very different so agree that honey is best bought from local enthusiasts.

What this article misses is that unfortunately, due to diseases and pests such as the varroa mite, most bee colonies can no longer survive in the wild. Swarms that are not caught by beepers normally decline and die.

Beekeepers have to regularly check their bees for disease and pests and intervene with treatments to keep them alive. The diseases may well exist due to the prevalence of pesticides in the environment and the decline of natural habitat. But the clock cannot be easily be wound back.

Without beekeepers there would be far far fewer honey bees which are a key pollinator species. Without pollination there would be lot less food for everyone , and possibly not enough to for mankind to survive.

Please research better and understand the bigger issues before you have the luxury of debating whether honey is vegan.

lovemyhoney
lovemyhoney
1 year ago
Reply to  Ardenpops

Honey is also kosher and halal.

Grumpy
Grumpy
11 months ago
Reply to  lovemyhoney

Not really relevant surely

Andrew Hartley
Andrew Hartley
1 year ago

Looks like these extreme vegans are going to starve themselves into extinction. I will leave them alone to eat what they want to eat as long as they leave me alone to eat what I want.

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew Hartley

Exactly who stopped you from eating what you want?

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew Hartley

You can eat what you want at the expense of your health and our environment. Why think about all of us and the Earth’s Flora and Fauna, when you can think about yourself?

Andrew Hartley
Andrew Hartley
1 year ago
Reply to  Homer Antoniou

I totally agree.

John Coe
John Coe
1 year ago

The bottom line in all of this and global warming, deforestation, pollution and mass-extinction is simply that THERE ARE TOO MANY HUMANS IN THE WORLD. The incessant demand for more of everything is unsustainable and will ultimately and inevitably lead to ruin for the environment and obviously us too.
If we, as a species, could humanely reduce our rate of reproduction and at least maintain our present world population or at best reduce it over time, a lot of the problems we and our descendants face would probably go away.
Loss of bees is a loss of a vital link in the chain of the natural world. It is but one of many issues we have to face and address, if not then what we’ll have to face will be a whole lot worse.

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago
Reply to  John Coe

You are completely WRONG. We can be 20 billion Humans on Earth living sustainably and it’ll be fine. Stop spreading silly nonsense. The Earth is enormous and it has enormous capacity to have us all as long as we don’t harm it. REMEMBER: “The more the Humans on Earth, the more the Geniuses. And we need plenty of those to survive and spread to the Universe. Imagine if there was just few million people around and a killer Pandemic or an Armagedonous asteroid fell on Earth. There’ll be no one left. A 7.5 billions population has created all the Science, Philosophy and Arts we wouldn’t have otherwise. Be grateful!”

Ali the date farmer
Ali the date farmer
1 year ago

As a date farmer I understand that I need bees…. If I don’t have bees I don’t get dates. If I don’t have dates how can you get your vegan date syrup?

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

So, vegans don’t eat eggs or milk as it is not made by animals specifically for human consumption. As I understand when lettuce grows it is only becouse it wants to be eaten by the humans? Have you discussed it with lettuce?

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Bee’s don’t reproduce, only the queen can!

Claptrap
Claptrap
1 year ago

Not exploiting animals is not the only reason why people become vegan, in fact I believe it is the weakest reason for many… Anyway, back to the bees. I believe (That means I have no evidence) that The major reason for bees dying is pollutants, not exclusively insecticides. Secondly, bees that are exclusively used for pollinating certain crops (which gives us various flavours, and colours of honey) are as certain to suffer from the same health problems as us eating the same thing all our lives. However, wild bees are also dying at an alarming rate and suffer from the same parachutes and diseases, so commercial practices do not explain everything.
My brother is a small honey producer, but it is still his business more than a hobby – he does loan his bees to farmers but the nests are rotated between different crops but mostly his honey is from seasonal wild flowers: it gives the best flavour. He stops collecting honey more than two months before winter, earlier if the weather has been poor and makes sure the bees have enough… You are not allowed to sell honey commercially unless you are licenced by beekeepers union, which has strict rules about bees’ welfare – if any beekeeper is found harming the bees like mentioned in this article, the owner will be fine or indicted under the same animal protection laws as cattle or pets, as well as losing his licence to keep bees for life.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Claptrap

Thank you for your comment. Very insightful. Insecticides are a huge issue, let’s hope we can tackle that also.

Martha washington
Martha washington
3 months ago

Parachutes are a huge issue too

Homer Antoniou
Homer Antoniou
1 year ago

In your list of Vegan sweeteners, you forgot to mention “SWEET FREEDOM” which is a plant based fruit syrup made in UK. It looks, smells, runs and tastes like honey but it’s made just with three ingredients, apples, grapes and carob. It has NO preservatives, NO GMOs, it’s source of fibre, it has low GI so it’s not so bad for diabetic people and it only has 13 calories per teaspoon. For information and recipes go to https://www.sweetfreedom.co.uk

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Homer Antoniou

Thank you for mentioning 🙂

retired40
retired40
10 months ago

I wonder just how many Vegan women, abort their babies?

Martha washington
Martha washington
3 months ago
Reply to  retired40

Every. Single. One.

David Reising
David Reising
9 months ago

It was a great blessing to me seeing this article because I was recently signed up for voluntary work at a local Cathedral where they keep bees. It was the first time I’d visited such a place and it didn’t sit well with me the simple fact that the bees are imprisoned in those man-made hives. I lost my cool and angrily explained this the next time I was due to be involved at a different cathedral (Salford and Manchester in the UK). I was embarassed with my behaviour and didn’t think anyone would understand my point of view but clearly I’m not the only one who thinks this way. I’ve only been a vegetarian for a little over a year but I’m so glad I converted and I’ve honestly found it not too difficult at all. I did kind of phase the meat out of my life because I didn’t want to tell my family at first so that actually made it a smoother transition for me. I used explanations like I’m trying to be healthier but eventually I made my announcement over dinner one evening late in November.

priadi
3 months ago

honey is very good to healty

Plant Based News Admin
Editor
Plant Based News Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  priadi

Hi, honey is made by bees for bees. Not for humans.

Martha washington
Martha washington
3 months ago

I consider myself vegan, but i do eat honey. It is hypocritical, and i am ok with that under the circumstances. This article and a few of the comments herein demonstrate a sort of overlooked piece of the puzzle without really admitting the consequences- bee population collapse is caused by diseases and parasites spread through industrial agricultural pollinating practices. This is used for a very diverse list of fruit and vegetable products we would otherwise consider vegan, and we all eat these things and then extol the cruel practices of harvesting honey. I wonder if we need to accept that we cannot be vegan for the sake of bees. without them we have none of the foods we rely on, and we cannot support our civilization.

farms in china have pollinated apple orchards by hand, with an incredible success rate, but each one of those apples would cost $20. Some day we might be able to develop synthetic ai driven bee “drones”, but For now without bee abuse, we simply will die of famine and war.

Martha washington
Martha washington
2 months ago

*extol, meant excoriate

Graham Marshall
Graham Marshall
1 month ago

On reflection and based on the information in this article I think I will leave the honey for the bees from now on .

Plant Based News Admin
Editor
Plant Based News Admin
29 days ago

Thanks Graham! The bees appreciate it.

Alex
Alex
27 days ago

My goodness.. so many people being butthurt because some wish to live doing minimal harm

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