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Our planet is an ecosystem. Just like the many plants that honey bees pollinate, as species, we have co-evolved along with honey bees in a symbiotic relationship. Our bodies digest honey more readily than any other sweetener. Honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties – it may prevent cancer and doesn’t spoil or go bad. It is evident that honey is a perfect sweetener for human consumption, but is honey vegan?

If you are vegan, as in someone who tries to do the least harm to sentient creatures and does not use or consume animal products wherever practical, then you will be pleased to know that honey is vegan. Honey bees are also vegan by this definition. The sole food source of adult honey bees is honey created from the nectar of flowers. Honey bees in the larval phase consume pollen harvested from flowers by adult bees.

Apples, cherries, blueberries, almonds, onions, celery, etc, etc, etc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_plants_pollinated_by_bees) are all pollinated by honey bees. Due to pesticides, predators, parasites, diseases, winter, and weather, true feral honey bee colonies do not exist in most of the world and without beekeepers, there would be no honey bees. Beekeepers serve, guide, and protect their bees. They DO NOT want bees to die and do everything that they can to keep bees as happy and healthy as possible. If you question the veganism of honey, you may also wish to question if apples, cherries, blueberries, almonds, onions, celery, etc, etc are vegan. Without honey bees, these fruits, nuts, and vegetables would be a rarity and extreme luxury.

Pesticides, purposely and deliberately used in the production of many fruits, nuts, and vegetables, are often blamed as a major contributor to honey bee colony collapse disorder. Pests are also killed in organic farming, even though chemical pesticides are not used. When you consider this, honey may be a “more vegan” food than apples as fewer animals are hurt or killed in it’s production.

This is what some other people think:

http://www.compassionatespirit.com/is-honey-vegan.htm

http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm

http://dolcecakes.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/why-is-honey-not-vegan-friendly/

http://www.veganmeat.com/honey.html

http://www.vegsource.com/jo/qa/qahoney.htm

http://www.friendsofanimals.org/actionline/fall-2004/is-honey-vegan.html

http://www.noahbrier.com/quickies/2009/01/the_vegan_honey_debate.php

http://www.ethicurean.com/2009/02/09/buzzkill-can-native-bees-do-the-job/

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