#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
My father was a beekeeper. He had three hives in our backyard. Each hive had six combs (I think - it’s been over 20 years since he died and my memory is now a little hazy, but it might have been five combs) for the bees to fill and live on. He would only harvest from two of the combs, as the rest was for the bees.
I was going to talk about CSR and the Australian sugar industry not relying on slavery, but then I remembered this. Yes, even Australia, bastion of “sticking it to the man” and “convicts don’t like authority” bloody well had slavery. It was called “Blackbirding”. How lovely.
Beekeeping is much more ethical than the sugar industry. After all, if a hive isn’t getting what they need, they will swarm and bugger off. Slaves didn’t have that option, and non-white migrant labour still have little option.
Oh snap! It’s World Vegetarian Day. NOW EAT THOSE VEGGIES, BEE AND PUPPYCAT!
Fries without ketchup? What is this madness?!
Is ketchup only for kids? This restaurant says so
A Florida restaurant refuses to serve ketchup to anyone over 10. Is this being sophisticated or rude?
I really don’t like ketchup so I understand, but I can’t help but feel some type of way about this.