Recently the NY Times had an online vegan discussion with vegan author Rynn Berry. It was a three part Q&A about vegan lifestyle, which unfortunately has ended. So sorry for those who would have liked to submit questions! I’d say the questions overall are very typical of new vegans or people who are not vegans, but one question caught my eye since it related to a recent post of mine. The question was: “Can you address why some vegans do not eat honey?” Mr. Berry’s answer is excellent and complete. If you do have questions regarding this topic, please read his response! Summary of his response: honey is essentially “bee vomit”, Queens are killed and replaced by new Queens that are inseminated by killed (or “crushed”) male bees, and honey is the food of younger bees–taking it deprives bees of proper nutrition. Generally when this topic is involved, there is not a good solid argument against honey consumption. I dare say Mr. Berry’s reasonings should be valid to any ethical vegan, as bees are killed and do suffer from the consumption of honey.
Also, as to be expected there would be questions, or more properly called statements, proclaiming the long-lived history of humans and their need for meat. Such questioners even left their name as “Meateater”, isn’t that quaint? How I love such vegan bullying! Anyway, the “Meateater” went on to call Mr. Berry “Yet another sanctimonious tree-hugger with no understanding of human physiology or evolution.” Did that ever get my panties in a bunch!! If you ever have had to deal with such “Meateaters”, please do your own research (you can start with Rynn Berry’s response here) and you will see how very wrong such people are regarding our teeth, digestive systems and history. Having graduated with a BA Degree in Biology, I dare say I might know a thing or two (maybe MAYBE three ) regarding human anatomy/function etc., so I feel armed and ready for such “Meateater” combat! I want all vegans to be able to completely disintegrate their “logic”. But, there will always be “that” guy, that no matter the logical argument thrown his way, he will forever proclaim his correctness. It’s sad really. You should feel bad for such stupidity and their potential offspring!
Here are some good resources to get your started regarding humans NOT having carnivore anatomy: