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Facts, Food, and Growing Up: A teaspoon of honey represents the life work of 12 bees. rainnecassidy: congenitalprogramming: cotestuck: montypla: meloromantics: appropriately-inappropriate: audreyvhorne: sttinkerbelle: vmpolung: knowledgeandlove: Photo source Fact check source #and I just don鈥檛 feel entitled to someone else鈥檚 life鈥檚 work. That comment exactly!! It鈥檚 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鈥檛 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鈥檓 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鈥檚 going the same way, iirc. Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it鈥檚 estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival. It鈥檚 their life鈥檚 work, sure, but it鈥檚 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 Beekeepers- Provide a home for the bees Keep that home warm in the winter Keep the bees well fed, negating the need for honey, which the bees would make anyways Still do not take all the honey, just in case Protect the bees from predators Monitor the hives for any signs of the parasites, diseases, etc. that cause colony collapse disorder Their bees- Provide a valuable and reliable source of pollination for plants in the area, both wild and crops Help keep the local ecosystem healthy Honey- Is one of the healthiest things you can eat Is able to keep for a EXTREMELY long time (Millennia even), making it more valuable than many perishable foods without being full of preservatives Can be used to soothe sore throats, nauseau, etc. Has been eaten by humans since at least Ancient Egypt (We鈥檝e found STILL EDIBLE honey in tombs) Is a great tool in cooking, adding sweetness without raising the sugar content much Is a staple food in many people鈥檚 diets Honey is amazing you can put it on or in pretty much everything I goddamn love it and you should too. Honey is also a natural antimicrobial that has been used medicinally since time out of mind on external wounds like edible neosporin. Particularly useful in the treatment of dermal abcesses. 鈥渙h no we steal it from the bees!鈥*has no problem benefiting from exploited migrant farm workers* ^^^
Facts, Food, and Growing Up: A teaspoon of honey represents the life
 work of 12 bees.
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#and I just don鈥檛 feel entitled to someone else鈥檚 life鈥檚 work.

That comment exactly!! It鈥檚 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鈥檛 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鈥檓 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鈥檚 going the same way, iirc.
Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it鈥檚 estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.
It鈥檚 their life鈥檚 work, sure, but it鈥檚 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

Beekeepers-
Provide a home for the bees
Keep that home warm in the winter
Keep the bees well fed, negating the need for honey, which the bees would make anyways
Still do not take all the honey, just in case
Protect the bees from predators
Monitor the hives for any signs of the parasites, diseases, etc. that cause colony collapse disorder
Their bees-
Provide a valuable and reliable source of pollination for plants in the area, both wild and crops
Help keep the local ecosystem healthy
Honey-
Is one of the healthiest things you can eat
Is able to keep for a EXTREMELY long time (Millennia even), making it more valuable than many perishable foods without being full of preservatives
Can be used to soothe sore throats, nauseau, etc.
Has been eaten by humans since at least Ancient Egypt (We鈥檝e found STILL EDIBLE honey in tombs)
Is a great tool in cooking, adding sweetness without raising the sugar content much
Is a staple food in many people鈥檚 diets
Honey is amazing you can put it on or in pretty much everything I goddamn love it and you should too.


Honey is also a natural antimicrobial that has been used medicinally since time out of mind on external wounds like edible neosporin.
Particularly useful in the treatment of dermal abcesses.


鈥渙h no we steal it from the bees!鈥*has no problem benefiting from exploited migrant farm workers*


^^^

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Birthday, Children, and Crying: ERIDIEN darecrow: Imagine going to a party and the white suburban stay at home mom with two overachiever kids and white dad who barbeques but doesn鈥檛 know how to barbeque and yet is always surrounded by other white Dads who compliment his barbqeuing even though they鈥檙e just store bought preshaped frozen patties from Ralph鈥檚 or Food 4 Less and while he鈥檚 cooking those the white mom comes out and says 鈥渙kay kids, here鈥檚 some pizza!鈥 And she pulls this out and starts telling the kids why its a 鈥渇un pizza鈥 and then cries in her master bedroom when no one likes it or finishes it and the white dad is then consoling her why she sobs that she鈥檚 a terrible mother and ruined her fourth grade straight B+ sons birthday and thinks her kids hate her but they don鈥檛 care but she continues crying softly into her pillow while the children eat poorly cooked burgers with unmelted kraft singles and too much mayonnaise and the only other condiments are two pickles and pepper because the dad calls it his special burger with a secret spice but the spice was just pepper and the kids just keep playing E rated games on their Nintendo Wii while the 17 year old older sister starts cleaning the tragedy up and throwing away uneaten 鈥渇un pizza鈥 and whole burgers dejected from the start while she dials Pizza Hut to get these kids an actual birthday lunch and the mother then throws a fit because the daughter did something the kids liked and she didn鈥檛 and was the only one making a huge deal out of it and the daughter was then grounded from her TV in her room for only two days and the son went to blow out the candles in his standard birthday cake from food 4 less the mom added strawberries to so she could feel she did something but was still slightly teary and sad because her day was ruined by no one wanting to eat her 鈥渇un pizza鈥
Birthday, Children, and Crying: ERIDIEN
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Imagine going to a party and the white suburban stay at home mom with two overachiever kids and white dad who barbeques but doesn鈥檛 know how to barbeque and yet is always surrounded by other white Dads who compliment his barbqeuing even though they鈥檙e just store bought preshaped frozen patties from Ralph鈥檚 or Food 4 Less and while he鈥檚 cooking those the white mom comes out and says 鈥渙kay kids, here鈥檚 some pizza!鈥 And she pulls this out and starts telling the kids why its a 鈥渇un pizza鈥 and then cries in her master bedroom when no one likes it or finishes it and the white dad is then consoling her why she sobs that she鈥檚 a terrible mother and ruined her fourth grade straight B+ sons birthday and thinks her kids hate her but they don鈥檛 care but she continues crying softly into her pillow while the children eat poorly cooked burgers with unmelted kraft singles and too much mayonnaise and the only other condiments are two pickles and pepper because the dad calls it his special burger with a secret spice but the spice was just pepper and the kids just keep playing E rated games on their Nintendo Wii while the 17 year old older sister starts cleaning the tragedy up and throwing away uneaten 鈥渇un pizza鈥 and whole burgers dejected from the start while she dials Pizza Hut to get these kids an actual birthday lunch and the mother then throws a fit because the daughter did something the kids liked and she didn鈥檛 and was the only one making a huge deal out of it and the daughter was then grounded from her TV in her room for only two days and the son went to blow out the candles in his standard birthday cake from food 4 less the mom added strawberries to so she could feel she did something but was still slightly teary and sad because her day was ruined by no one wanting to eat her 鈥渇un pizza鈥

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