Honey Bees and Pesticides: Another Reason To Not Eat Honey

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Whilst purusing my usual news sources, I came across a very interesting and thorough piece on honey bees and pesticide use. The article can be seen here. The article comes from The Daily Green, which I must admit rarely has pieces on there with any true scientific information. But the site is informative for those not already in the “know” or who do not care for scientific reasoning behind why things are. However, I greatly enjoy knowing the science behind things and being in the “know”. Unless I know the science behind why something is the way it is, I don’t feel as though I really know the topic at all. But besides that fact that The Daily Green often has poor writing, not very “green” recipes etc. etc., this article on honey bees is a great exception. The article was written by the editor of Bee Culture magazine (who ever knew there was such a magazine!?!?!), so I’m thinking the guy just might know his bees!

I wanted to share the article with everyone for a few reasons. For one, not eating honey is often an “on the fence” issue for vegans, many seeing no point in not consuming it. This article will inform you of the amount of pesticides that accumulate in bees and their honey. Two, if honey bees continue to die, all of our crops are in jeopardy: organic or non-organic. Three, bees greatly affect our livelihood, even if we do not care to notice and I think bees should be paid some much needed attention! Where the heck is Bee Week, huh Discovery Channel!?!? ;)


Random tidbit: I’m actually allergic to bees. Guess I really do have a soft spot for all creatures on earth…well, humans are still iffy on the “soft spot” scale!! :)

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  1. Alex said,

    August 6, 2008 at 6:33 am

    I look at this situation like this: the evidence to support an assumption of sentience for honey bees is lacking; however, given their actions and evolutionary history, the evidence may be lacking but this could certainly fall into a gray area of “better safe than sorry” (not “sorry” for us, of course, but for the suffering honey bees). Therefore, as honey fulfills what would appropriately be labeled a “preference” or “desire,” as opposed to a “need,” we ought to avoid it to the greatest extent possible.

    Indeed, given that my interest in enjoying the taste of honey is quite trivial – if “veganism” is to be meaningful – considering that it is possible that the bee has a far greater interest in not be exploited for his honey, the presumption must fall on the side of bees. I mean, why not, right.

    All the other information you have are only additional reasons to avoid honey.

  2. Alex said,

    August 6, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Oh yes, I certainly don’t know where to place humans on the “soft spot” scale these days: they move up and down daily it seems :)

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