today is #WorldBeeDay
! as your friendly local bee enthusiast and militant vegan, here are some reasons you should ditch honey to #SaveTheBees
• contrary to popular belief, honey is not actually a waste product. bees make honey to sustain themselves through the winter, and in poor weather, when pollen is not as readily available or it is too dangerous to go outside.
• when beekeepers remove the honey from the hive, they have to replace it with something for the bees to eat, so the hive is fed artificial sugar syrup which lacks the essential micro-nutrients of honey and is detrimental to their health.
• commercial beekeepers also selectively breed their bees to produce the most honey, which leaves the already-endangered bee population more susceptible to disease and large 'die-offs'. diseases are easily spread to other colonies or wild bees, too!
• buying honey is often cited as a way to encourage beekeepers to keep and breed bees, but often hives are culled after the honey season is over to save the cost of caring for them when they're not producing. queens also often have their wings clipped to stop the colony leaving the hive.
• farmed bees are also impacting wild species! they create too much competition for other nectar-eating creatures, like butterflies and wild bumblebees. honey production is actually one of the leading causes of wild bumblebee decline.
unlike bees, humans are perfectly capable of surviving and thriving without honey in our diet! there are hundreds of vegan alternatives out there, such as date syrup or maple syrup, and even dedicated vegan 'honey' brands. leave the honey where it bee-longs!