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Do Bees Need Us or Do We Need Them?

In their entire lifetime, one bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey. This means that it takes approximately 864 bees to make a 12oz jar of honey. Since pollinators help grow crops and other plants, we rely on their natural processes for creating most of the food we eat. In fact, one out of every three bites of food comes from a source that was pollinated by bees and other pollinators. What does this mean? Our food availability as we know it directly depends on the livelihood of pollinators. So, rather than taking their food from them, we need to put forth conservation efforts to build them up and make their populations stronger. The Xerces Society is an international non-profit...

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How is Traditional Honey Made?

Growing up, everyone knew honey as this sweet, golden syrup that could always be found in a bear-shaped bottle in the cupboard. But did you ever ask yourself, "what exactly is honey?" Bees are notorious for being hard workers. They buzz around all day, traveling up to five miles consuming nectar and collecting pollen on their feet. The nectar is stored in their honey stomach and flown back to the hive. Proteins and digestive enzymes in their stomach convert the nectar into honey. This process must be repeated multiple times, so the bee vomits the honey into another bee's mouth, who repeats the process. This happens again... and again... and again... until the final product is placed into a honeycomb. Once deposited, the bees flap their wings...

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Why is Honey Not Vegan?

Vegans do not consume or use anything that comes from an animal. Bees produce honey as an energy source and they store it in their hive to get them through long winter months when there is a lack of flowering plants. Whenever an industry is built on the use of an animal or their byproducts, there is rarely any regard for the animal's wellbeing. This is because they are simply viewed as commodities. Companies need to make money to stay in business. This means that they need to maximize their honey harvest. When beekeepers collect honey, they often replace it with sugar water, which is worse for the bees’ health because it lacks essential nutrients. This, among other practices such as...

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