Why I Don't Eat Honey
Awww, how cute!
OK—not really. Bees aren’t cute, I admit it … but does that mean they shouldn’t be considered or respected? I don’t eat honey for a couple of reasons—because it’s not OK to steal, and because being different shouldn’t be a death sentence.
Profiting from honey (aka exploiting bees) requires the manipulation and exploitation of the insects’ desire to live and protect their hive. Just like pigs, cows, and other factory farmed animals, honeybees are victims of unnatural living conditions, genetic manipulation, and stressful transportation. Often queen bees are killed, confined, and artificially inseminated (which also involves killing the male bees or “drones”) … sounds familiar, right?
Luckily, many sweeteners are made without exploiting bees: Rice syrup, molasses, maple syrup, agave nectar, and dried fruit or fruit concentrates can replace honey in recipes. Ditching honey keeps your diet sweet (to animals!) and cruelty-free!