In recent years vegan foods have become extremely popular.
People are tired of un-health living and so people are now
turning to animal free foods and lifestyles as an
alternative, but what about the so called health-food that
comes from honeybees you may ask? Is honey really vegan,
and if not then why?
For years past a continual debate has exploded onto the
market over the use of honey by vegans, some claim its okay
for vegans to use and others claim under no circumstance is
it fundamentally or ethically vegan at all (P.S.
The Vegan Society requires members avoid the use of honey
Whatever your point of view
over the debate, lets make one thing clear first - Honey
comes directly from Bees, period. And it is obviously taken
from them usually without any consideration (never mind
asking for permission) of their well-fare or the aftermath
of destruction it leaves trailing behind.To be clear here
is a little about The Other Side of Honey
that some people may not be aware
of, which will help you understand why honey really is not
Honey comes from bees, we know
that, it cannot be disputed - yet did you know that it
comes from the bees that consume sucrose-rich flower
nectar, they retain it in their stomachs and convert it to
glucose and fructose? Once the honeybees fly home to their
bee-hives, they regurgitate that nectar from which they
collected and churn it back and forth to each other. Then
again they will regurgitate the nectar and fan the
half-digested material with their little wings until it
becomes viscous, which makes it more resistant to spoilage:
So now we have what some would proclaim is bee-vomit so to
speak, and this is what we humans call honey. Bees store
this honey in hollow beeswax cells which comprise the
structure of their hives.
Pollen may be a honeybees primary source of nutrition,
but honey is also its sole food source during the cooler
months of the year when other alternatives are not
available for the pickings.
During a honeybees lifespan it will have to make
approximately four hundred trips to gather its nectar back
to the hive. (This involves between eight hundred to eleven
hundred nectar collecting missions for just half an ounce
Unfortunately for the bees, the keepers do practice
removing almost all of the substances found in the
bee-hives, besides taking the honey from the hives the
bee-keepers will also harvest beeswax, bee pollen, propolis
and royal jelly.
Now to get these items, bees are usually driven and
forced out of their very homes. Evacuating the bees may
include forced air, smoking and shaking hives and noxious
repellents therefore bees are often squashed or killed
(which also includes larvae and eggs) during the process.
During more unproductive agricultural months hives can be
burned if bees become infected with contagious diseases due
to excessive inbreeding that could have resulted in a death
of genetic diversity. Besides all of this the queen bee is
typically artificially inseminated and selectively bred for
desirable characteristics, such as honey production and
size. Wing clipping is at times executed in order to keep
the queen bee in her place and immobilized too.
There honestly is no escaping the harsh realities of
methods within the commercial honey production process and
the cruelty the bees themselves are forced to endure during
such times. There is therefore a very ethical stance for
vegans to reject the use of such a product and all of its
derivatives. Vegans afterall endorse no animal by-products
either for food, cosmetics or clothing nor do they support
any form of animal testing or abuse. So it may very well be
quite imperative that all vegans who have the strictest of
aspirations do remove honey from their diets and lifestyles
fully, vegans do try their best to live as ethically sound
and compassionate towards all beings who roam this planet
including the smallest of insects to the largest of
In filtering all the above information then how does one
have a honey fix without actually using honey from bees?
Well it is actually quite easy with so many alternatives to
bee-products on the market these days, plus some that are
so much like the real deal its hard to tell the difference.
Substitutes for honey may include, rice syrup, malt syrup,
molasses, agave and maple syrups, concentrated fruit
syrups, sugar and even a product called Just like Honey.
Now as for using candles, paraffin can be used instead of
beeswax as well as soy, plant and sugar waxes that are
readily available. Other products like cocoa butter or shea
butter in cosmetic or personal items are very relevant and
worthy of many uses for substitutes. They even out way
arguments or any debate over the fact that honey be stolen
from the bees. All these ethically and cruelty-free items
seem to make bee products totally unnecessary and totally
In summary vegans do not consider honey to be a suitable
item due to the fact that bees are living creatures which
deserve our respect on every level and the ethical standard
for a vegan is in choosing to avoid all animal cruelty to
the highest degree possible.
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