Today you and I are sitting down for a little rapid fire of topics.  I’m sharing 3 quick rules for making veganism easier in your everyday life, dissecting the summer favorite, honey and what goes into honey production.   We talk the fastest ways to save money on a vegan diet- where is that budget really going? Plus, meal prep, aka batch cooking, why you should do it and how I keep it practical.

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One thought on “#059 Rapid Fire Topics: Is Honey Vegan? How do I Save $ While Being Vegan?”

  1. Hi Alyssa,

    I’m listening to your podcast discussing whether honey is vegan, and I have to say, it’s very much generalizing all beekeepers into one group, and I think that’s a little misleading. My parents have kept bees for almost ten years, so I’ve had a lot of experience reading about beekeeping and seeing what they do. While I don’t personally consume honey *because* it comes from an animal (woot vegan life, man), the thing is that no matter what, bees will always produce honey; that’s their life’s purpose, because the honey is their food. However, they’ll always produce so much more than their hive will ever eat. If you give them the space to store it, they will make it. They aren’t going to sit down and relax because you told them to. To get the bees out of the supers (when “harvesting” the honey), the wooden boxes that beekeepers add on top where the bees produce the “extra” honey, it’s common practice to use a smoker, which is typically a small, metal contraption with pine needles or wood chips to make the bees think there’s a fire. (Imagine how terrifying this would be, but it’s effective.) As a result, they’ll climb out of the super and further down into the hive and gorge themselves on honey. Additionally, home beekeepers don’t typically feed their bees sugar syrups of any kind unless they’re *just* starting out and the bees have nothing to eat, because they haven’t yet produced any of their own honey. Basically, you pick up your bees wherever you’ve bought them– they’re in a small wire and wooden box– and the queen is encapsulated within a tiny box sealed with propolis, which she’ll have to eat herself out of. It’s terrifying to sit near it in the car, but I can only imagine how terrifying it is for the bees.

    ANYWAY, a more “natural” way of keeping mites off of bees that you can use is by using vegetable shortening and sugar to make patties. It’s sugar, yes, but it’s avoiding pesticides, and that’s the goal.

    Moreover, it’s not as common within home beekeeping to set a mite-infested hive ablaze (my parents just let the bees live and figure it out sans pesticides), nor is it as common to take the honey away from the bees and replace it with sugar water (it’s not healthy for the bees).

    Frankly, commercial beekeeping is horrific (drones are killed consistently in the insemination process and queen bees are artificially made), but I don’t think it’s fair to say that all beekeepers mistreat their bees. Yes, home beekeepers are taking honey from their bees, but they aren’t intentionally killing their bees or fostering malnutrition throughout the hive by giving them sugar syrup as a replacement for honey, necessarily. I think it would be important to emphasize the importance of keeping bees to maintain or grow the bee population (they’re disappearing, and we need them to pollinate everything that we CAN eat as ethical human beings).. just don’t take or eat the honey! (There are a few Reddit threads on vegan beekeeping you can check out, I don’t want to spam your comments section, lol.)

    Anyway, thank you for putting out your awesome weekly podcast; I love hearing your opinions on everything and am excited to hear what you have in store! Sorry if this came across as weird or critical, I just wanted to share information!

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