Is Honey Vegan?
But many people believe honey to be a harmless food when obtained from small beekeepers who have a more ‘natural’ approach to beekeeping than most honey factory farms. Some plant-eaters make an exception for honey when it comes to eating plant-based.
But is honey actually cruelty-free and does it harm our environment?
What Is Honey?
How Is It Farmed?
“In conventional beekeeping, honey bees are specifically bred to increase productivity. This selective breeding narrows the population gene pool and increases susceptibility to disease and large-scale die-offs.”
These diseases are then spread to the thousands of other pollinators we and other animals rely on, disputing the common myth that honey production is good for our environment.”
In order to keep the queen bees in their hives, their wings are often clipped, they are confined or sometimes killed.
Is It Sustainable?
Honey does have a low water footprint, honey is rarely local, and most often an imported product. This means that it usually comes with a big serving of air miles and carbon emissions.
Although some smaller, natural beekeepers do sell their honey locally and claim to avoid cruel practices, the reality is that any honey that is consumed on a mass scale can never be sourced solely from small beekeepers, since they would not be able to keep up with the demand and continue with their natural practices.
If your lifestyle goal is to avoid the cruelty and exploitation of all animals as much as possible or to protect our environment as best you can, then avoid honey altogether and try some honey-free alternatives.