Are Honey & Beeswax Products Ethical?
Nowadays, most honey bees are used heavily to pollinate enormous mono-crops all over the globe. They are worked hard; transported all over, fed sugar syrups and antibiotics, and colonies are split to make more hives. The honey bee is severely under threat.
Around 90% of store-bought honey around the world is FAKE"
Is it real honey you’re buying at the shops? Possibly not. Because of increased global demand and the lowest production levels in history, it’s estimated that over 90% of worldwide honey is FAKE (adulterated; cut with corn/rice syrup).
As a result of all this, any conscious person (vegan or not) is going to feel miserable about a bees life. Market trends show that sales for vegan alternatives are up, and bee products are down. At first glance, this makes sense. I know I don’t want to support a dishonest and cruel industry, and neither do you!
There is an alternative to the murky, mass-industrialisation of the honey bee. Maybe we should help put this train back on the right track. Can we find the beekeepers who are doing things the right way, and support them?
What’s Really At Stake
- There are very few wild honey bee colonies remaining, and they don’t survive very long because of environmental stress and human activity.
- The vast majority of honey bees will only survive with the help of beekeepers.
- We rely on bees to pollinate two-thirds of the food we eat.
Not all honey bee products are mass produced, and not all honey bees are industrialised. If we want the privilege of eating fruits and vegetables, it’s our job to find the beekeepers who are doing things the right way, and support them.
How To Save Bees: An Alternative View
I wish the answer was to simply leave the bees alone and let them flourish in the wild, recolonise in lovely oak trees and across the densely wooded rainforests. Sadly, this is not the case anymore; we are way past that point.
If you want future generations to enjoy fruit and veg, please consider supporting local beekeepers and ethically produced bee products. You can also do all the other things, like plant flowers, etc. But in todays’ busy, modern world, where many of us don’t even have a garden anymore, supporting beekeepers is our best bet.
Demand & Supply
The beekeeper and the honey bee have a mutually beneficial relationship, and that’s ok. By creating a demand for ethically-produced raw honey and beeswax products, we are helping to save our bees whilst ensuring our mutual survival!
How To Ensure Mutual Survival
Buy locally produced, unpasteurised honey and unbleached beeswax products (raw honey, foods made with local honey and beeswax, beeswax candles, etc.).
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