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Honey is a product avoided by vegans, because it involves the exploitation of bees. Honeybees fly 55,000 miles and visit 2 million flowers to produce one pound of honey. You can learn more about these interesting creatures on my Animal Facts Bees page.

Even though pollen is the honeybee's primary source of nutrition, honey is their sole food source during cold weather and other times when alternatives are not available.

Bee Products

Other products that come from the honey industry are:

  • Bee pollen: pollen collected by bees; their primary source of nutrition.
  • Royal jelly (bee milk): the pharyngeal gland secretions of the nurse bees. The queen larvae receives more of the royal jelly than the worker larvae, growing her into a queen bee.
  • Beeswax: secreted by bees to help build their hives.
  • Propolis: a brownish resinous material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees and used as a cement and an antiseptic.
  • Bee venom: obtained from a bee sting. Honeybees die after stinging someone.

Commercial Beekeeper

Drone Bees are Pushed Away

Cruelty in the Honey Industry

Common practices in the honey industry are:

  • To prevent the queen bee from leaving the hive, honey producers sometimes cut off her wings.

  • Often, queen bees are artificially inseminated.

  • Large commercial operations sometimes take all the honey instead of leaving enough for the bees to get through the winter. The honey is than replaced with a cheap sugar substitute.

  • Most beekeepers remove all the spring-season honey.

  • In colder areas, some bee keepers will burn the beehives, killing all the bees inside, before the winter starts to reduce cost.

  • Bees are often killed or harmed by haphazard handling.

Honey Alternatives

Bees are hardworking animals who deserve to keep the labor of their work. Stealing products from them is a form of exploitation, which should and can be easily avoided. Honey can be replaced by rice syrup, barley malt, maple syrup, molasses, sorghum or fruit concentrates. There is even a product called "Just Like Honey", which you can buy at stores like Vegan Essentials and Pangea.

Please check out the following link for more information:

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