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Facts, Food, and Growing Up: A teaspoon of honey represents the life work of 12 bees. rainnecassidy: congenitalprogramming: cotestuck: montypla: meloromantics: appropriately-inappropriate: audreyvhorne: sttinkerbelle: vmpolung: knowledgeandlove: Photo source Fact check source #and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work. That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will. This is why honey is not vegan. The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus. The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc. Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival. It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly. literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey Beekeepers- Provide a home for the bees Keep that home warm in the winter Keep the bees well fed, negating the need for honey, which the bees would make anyways Still do not take all the honey, just in case Protect the bees from predators Monitor the hives for any signs of the parasites, diseases, etc. that cause colony collapse disorder Their bees- Provide a valuable and reliable source of pollination for plants in the area, both wild and crops Help keep the local ecosystem healthy Honey- Is one of the healthiest things you can eat Is able to keep for a EXTREMELY long time (Millennia even), making it more valuable than many perishable foods without being full of preservatives Can be used to soothe sore throats, nauseau, etc. Has been eaten by humans since at least Ancient Egypt (We’ve found STILL EDIBLE honey in tombs) Is a great tool in cooking, adding sweetness without raising the sugar content much Is a staple food in many people’s diets Honey is amazing you can put it on or in pretty much everything I goddamn love it and you should too. Honey is also a natural antimicrobial that has been used medicinally since time out of mind on external wounds like edible neosporin. Particularly useful in the treatment of dermal abcesses. “oh no we steal it from the bees!”*has no problem benefiting from exploited migrant farm workers* ^^^
Facts, Food, and Growing Up: A teaspoon of honey represents the life
 work of 12 bees.
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#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.

That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.

This is why honey is not vegan.

The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.
The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.
Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.
It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.

literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey

Beekeepers-
Provide a home for the bees
Keep that home warm in the winter
Keep the bees well fed, negating the need for honey, which the bees would make anyways
Still do not take all the honey, just in case
Protect the bees from predators
Monitor the hives for any signs of the parasites, diseases, etc. that cause colony collapse disorder
Their bees-
Provide a valuable and reliable source of pollination for plants in the area, both wild and crops
Help keep the local ecosystem healthy
Honey-
Is one of the healthiest things you can eat
Is able to keep for a EXTREMELY long time (Millennia even), making it more valuable than many perishable foods without being full of preservatives
Can be used to soothe sore throats, nauseau, etc.
Has been eaten by humans since at least Ancient Egypt (We’ve found STILL EDIBLE honey in tombs)
Is a great tool in cooking, adding sweetness without raising the sugar content much
Is a staple food in many people’s diets
Honey is amazing you can put it on or in pretty much everything I goddamn love it and you should too.


Honey is also a natural antimicrobial that has been used medicinally since time out of mind on external wounds like edible neosporin.
Particularly useful in the treatment of dermal abcesses.


“oh no we steal it from the bees!”*has no problem benefiting from exploited migrant farm workers*


^^^

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Kardashian, Bees, and You: I f*ckin told you not to mess with the bees! Now you look like a Kardashian!
Kardashian, Bees, and You: I f*ckin told you not to mess with the bees! Now you look like a Kardashian!

I f*ckin told you not to mess with the bees! Now you look like a Kardashian!

Being Alone, Bunnies, and Struggle: chubby-bunnies fernsandbones vampiregirl2345 Vegans of tumblr, listen up. Harvesting agave in the quantities required so you dont have to eat honey is killing mexican long-nosed bats. They feed off the nectar and pollinate the plants. They need the agave. You want to help the environment? Go back to honey. Your liver and thyroid will thank you, as well. Agave is 90% fructose, which can cause a host of issues. Bye. vertiga Beekeeper here! Just wanted to say that the fact that vegans won't eat honey is very silly. Harvesting honey does not hurt bees. The invention of modern moveable-frame hives means we can remove a selected frame, extract the honey and return it without killing a single bee. If we destroyed the colony to harvest honey there would be no bees for next year, and beekeepers are incredibly careful to keep their bees healthy and thriving. We take *excess* honey that they don't need and it stops the hive from becoming honey-bound, meaning that there's so much honey the Queen has nowhere to lay eggs. And if the winter is harsher than expected and the remaining honey store runs low, we feed the bees plenty to make sure they survive. We also make sure that pests are controlled, bees are treated for disease, and the hive is weatherproof and in good repair, all things that wild bees struggle with. Keeping bees in properly managed hives where they don't starve or die from preventable disease is much better for them than being left to fend for themselves, and they're far too important to be left alone. All the fruits and vegetables that vegans *do* eat couldn't exist without bees, and the hives which pollinate those crops also produce excess honey which the beekeepers can sell to help keep themselves and their hives going. TLDR: BUY THE HONEY, HELP THE BEES. Source: vampiregirl2345 16,030 notes Agave vs. Honey
Being Alone, Bunnies, and Struggle: chubby-bunnies
 fernsandbones
 vampiregirl2345
 Vegans of tumblr, listen up. Harvesting agave in the
 quantities required so you dont have to eat honey is
 killing mexican long-nosed bats. They feed off the
 nectar and pollinate the plants. They need the agave.
 You want to help the environment? Go back to honey.
 Your liver and thyroid will thank you, as well. Agave is
 90% fructose, which can cause a host of issues. Bye.
 vertiga
 Beekeeper here! Just wanted to say that the fact
 that vegans won't eat honey is very silly. Harvesting
 honey does not hurt bees. The invention of modern
 moveable-frame hives means we can remove a
 selected frame, extract the honey and return it
 without killing a single bee.
 If we destroyed the colony to harvest honey there
 would be no bees for next year, and beekeepers are
 incredibly careful to keep their bees healthy and
 thriving. We take *excess* honey that they don't need
 and it stops the hive from becoming honey-bound,
 meaning that there's so much honey the Queen has
 nowhere to lay eggs. And if the winter is harsher than
 expected and the remaining honey store runs low, we
 feed the bees plenty to make sure they survive. We
 also make sure that pests are controlled, bees are
 treated for disease, and the hive is weatherproof and
 in good repair, all things that wild bees struggle with.
 Keeping bees in properly managed hives where they
 don't starve or die from preventable disease is much
 better for them than being left to fend for themselves,
 and they're far too important to be left alone.
 All the fruits and vegetables that vegans *do*
 eat couldn't exist without bees, and the hives
 which pollinate those crops also produce excess
 honey which the beekeepers can sell to help keep
 themselves and their hives going.
 TLDR: BUY THE HONEY, HELP THE BEES.
 Source: vampiregirl2345
 16,030 notes
Agave vs. Honey

Agave vs. Honey

Being Alone, Bunnies, and Struggle: chubby-bunnies fernsandbones vampiregirl2345 Vegans of tumblr, listen up. Harvesting agave in the quantities required so you dont have to eat honey is killing mexican long-nosed bats. They feed off the nectar and pollinate the plants. They need the agave. You want to help the environment? Go back to honey. Your liver and thyroid will thank you, as well. Agave is 90% fructose, which can cause a host of issues. Bye. vertiga Beekeeper here! Just wanted to say that the fact that vegans won't eat honey is very silly. Harvesting honey does not hurt bees. The invention of modern moveable-frame hives means we can remove a selected frame, extract the honey and return it without killing a single bee. If we destroyed the colony to harvest honey there would be no bees for next year, and beekeepers are incredibly careful to keep their bees healthy and thriving. We take *excess* honey that they don't need and it stops the hive from becoming honey-bound, meaning that there's so much honey the Queen has nowhere to lay eggs. And if the winter is harsher than expected and the remaining honey store runs low, we feed the bees plenty to make sure they survive. We also make sure that pests are controlled, bees are treated for disease, and the hive is weatherproof and in good repair, all things that wild bees struggle with. Keeping bees in properly managed hives where they don't starve or die from preventable disease is much better for them than being left to fend for themselves, and they're far too important to be left alone. All the fruits and vegetables that vegans *do* eat couldn't exist without bees, and the hives which pollinate those crops also produce excess honey which the beekeepers can sell to help keep themselves and their hives going. TLDR: BUY THE HONEY, HELP THE BEES. Source: vampiregirl2345 16,030 notes Agave vs. Honey
Being Alone, Bunnies, and Struggle: chubby-bunnies
 fernsandbones
 vampiregirl2345
 Vegans of tumblr, listen up. Harvesting agave in the
 quantities required so you dont have to eat honey is
 killing mexican long-nosed bats. They feed off the
 nectar and pollinate the plants. They need the agave.
 You want to help the environment? Go back to honey.
 Your liver and thyroid will thank you, as well. Agave is
 90% fructose, which can cause a host of issues. Bye.
 vertiga
 Beekeeper here! Just wanted to say that the fact
 that vegans won't eat honey is very silly. Harvesting
 honey does not hurt bees. The invention of modern
 moveable-frame hives means we can remove a
 selected frame, extract the honey and return it
 without killing a single bee.
 If we destroyed the colony to harvest honey there
 would be no bees for next year, and beekeepers are
 incredibly careful to keep their bees healthy and
 thriving. We take *excess* honey that they don't need
 and it stops the hive from becoming honey-bound,
 meaning that there's so much honey the Queen has
 nowhere to lay eggs. And if the winter is harsher than
 expected and the remaining honey store runs low, we
 feed the bees plenty to make sure they survive. We
 also make sure that pests are controlled, bees are
 treated for disease, and the hive is weatherproof and
 in good repair, all things that wild bees struggle with.
 Keeping bees in properly managed hives where they
 don't starve or die from preventable disease is much
 better for them than being left to fend for themselves,
 and they're far too important to be left alone.
 All the fruits and vegetables that vegans *do*
 eat couldn't exist without bees, and the hives
 which pollinate those crops also produce excess
 honey which the beekeepers can sell to help keep
 themselves and their hives going.
 TLDR: BUY THE HONEY, HELP THE BEES.
 Source: vampiregirl2345
 16,030 notes
Agave vs. Honey

Agave vs. Honey