• Veganism and Honey

    Profile photo of azlenchu

    Over a year ago

    Hello! I am a felloe vegan. I’ve heard that vegans can’t have honey. (Obviously) My grandparents have honey bees and they aren’t treated cruelly at all. Is it bad that I’m okay with their honey and other local honey? Are bees in other places treated cruelly? I’m really curious.

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  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    Over a year ago

    Well eating honey, is eating their vomit and stealing their source of food. Agave is yummy and let’s the bees eat too.

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  • Profile photo of chenli

    Over a year ago

    @Dars do you steal milk from cows? If not, why is it any different than stealing honey from bees? Both milk and honey are products produced by a species for the species. They’re not produced for humans. And claiming excess also can mean we can use the same argument for cows who have ‘excess’ milk. And no human can know truly if there is excess honey or not unless it is left in a nest/hive that has been abandoned by the bees. So it’s a poor excuse. Especially when we can have honey without bees making it. Agave Nectar and other such honey like things are made from the plant but without the bee making it. There is no excuse to eat honey in this day and age and in a western civilisation.

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    @chenli Put it perfectly. And if you choose to eat your grandparents honey then you shouldn’t really call yourself vegan as it will confuse people.

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  • Profile photo of hakred

    Over a year ago

    It’s hard to tell what goes down with each individual bee keeper. You were already provided with one link, and this one contains some useful information as well: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/honey-from-factory-farmed-bees.aspx

    I personally choose to avoid honey. Good news, though! There are tons of other yummy options similar to honey that aren’t cruel at all. :)

    “What You Can Do
    Avoid honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, and other products that come from bees. Vegan lip balms and candles are readily available. Visit CaringConsumer.com for a list of companies that don’t use animal products. Agave nectar, rice syrup, molasses, sorghum, barley malt, maple syrup, and dried fruit or fruit concentrates can be used to replace honey in recipes. Call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or visit GoVeg.com to order a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit that contains information about compassionate eating choices.”

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  • Profile photo of yingying123

    Over a year ago

    Yes, bees make honey for themselves, but sometimes they make excess honey that they can’t use up for themselves. If you take honey in moderation and leave some for the bees, I would think that it’s okay.

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