Honey too?!


Some vegans eat honey, some don't. I can't speak for other people; I can only speak for myself and tell you why I don't eat honey.

Think about a honey bee. How does it spend its days? As far as I can tell, bees spend the majority of their time collecting, transporting, or processing honey. In fact, according to the International Bee Research Association "it is estimated that it takes 10 million foraging trips to make the equivalent of one jar of honey (1lb or 454 g)."

Some people say that bees are not sentient and are therefore not bothered by our species taking their honey from them. I have no idea if this is true or not; I'm not a bee. The way I see it is this; the purpose of a bee's life, in so far as any creature's life has a purpose, is to produce honey. If I take the bees honey, therefore, I am effectively reducing the purpose of its life to the production of a resource for myself. It would be similar to me spending the entire summer growing vegetables, and just when they become ripe, someone coming along and taking them all.

I just don't feel comfortable with that whole situation. Whether bees are sentient or not, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they would prefer I didn't take their honey. That's how I look at it anyways.

A final interesting factoid courtesy of Wiki: "Honey bees transform saccharides into honey by a process of regurgitation, a number of times, until it is partially digested." In other words, honey is more or less bee vomit. Scones anyone?


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