My social media world is probably as large as my daily dog-walking horizon and information passes me by in short posts and tweets like snippets of conversation with fellow dog walkers. Some bits of information stick to the front of my mind, and some unstick like old post-it notes that have fallen behind my desk. I am remembering somewhere that honey is not a vegan product, and trying to understand how this will fit in for me.
It seems that the main issues around honey and veganism is the exploitation, breeding and selling of bees, and that some bees are harmed or killed in the harvesting of honey. But, the more bees around the better, right? Especially when big chemical companies are doing their utmost to overturn an EU ban on their pesticides known to kill bees. A short-sighted world view to say the least, when pollination is essential for all flowering crops.
We don’t eat a lot of honey. We use it as an ingredient for baking and things like salad dressings, for spreading on toast or dribbling over yoghurt. It seems such a simple product compared with the highly processed Mexican agave syrup which has been trendy of late. I think simple is best. This is why I always preferred butter over products that have to be processed to look and behave like butter. Honey can also be a local product, bees gathering pollen from the fields and meadows close by, and beekeepers producing on a domestic scale. For the time being, you can call me a “beegan” for I am going to stick with simple and local, who knows these beekeepers may be the guardians of an endangered species.
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