Die hard vegan will shun honey and all of it’s by-products. While I have read up on the topic, I remain neutral in my approach.
And I admit I do not avoid products containing honey or beeswax.
Are all the bees dying? Do bees feel pain (I will admit I’ve squashed my share of flies and mosquitoes…)? Is honey production ruining the world? I don’t even know.
This is a hotly debated question within the vegan community.
By definition, vegans do not consume the products or by-products derived from animals, to the extent of doing the least amount of harm possible.
Given that vegan is rooted in ethical philosophy, the lines begin to gray when considering insects, in part because they are so unlike us humans.
Some might consider modern day beekeeping as equivalent to factory farming of mammals for meat, eggs and milk; that bees are exploited, kept confined, tortured and disposed of for their honey.
In reality, modern honey is not cultivated from wild, free range, organic bees in the wilderness.
That would be much to impractical.
Rather, honey is produced utilizing bees pumped with high fructose corn syrup and unnecessary antibiotics, artificial insemination, manipulation, interference, inbreeding and death.
To make one pound of honey, it takes bees visiting 2 million flowers.
As long as you are aware of your actions and have the knowledge to make an informed decision, don’t let your lack of resources be an excuse for your decision to do consume it or not.
The Bottom Line: Do your own research and come to a own conclusion.
No one will do this for you (not even me). In the end, honey is fairly easy to avoid.
Commonly Found: baked goods, packaged beverages, cosmetic products.
Alternatives to honey: Vegan cosmetics will not contain honey, also in the form of beeswax.