I absolutely love honey it tastes amazing and its great in skincare BUT nobody really thinks about the bees or how harmful the process of taking honey is for them, Me included but after doing some research I have found that we should try and cut down on our hony or should you stop using honey altogether?
First of all the bees aren’t usually cared for very well as there is a lot of money in selling honey so there health and happiness isn’t a priority. So the keepers do things that are very cruel like when a new queen is born, a process called “swarming” occurs, when the old queen and half the colony leave their home and set up in a new place that worker bees have found for them to begin a new colony. Since swarming means that less honey will be produced therefore less money, many beekeepers try to prevent it—often by clipping the wings of the new queen or killing and replacing the older queen.
Second, there is little care when they actually collect the honey and end up tearing off the bees delicate wings and leg. Also, in the process of checking up on the hive and taking the honey, some bees get squashed by the frames or stepped on.
It stupidly never even occurred to me why bees actually need honey but they make it for the winter when there are no flowers around, It’s made with certain nutrients that they must have, and a colony needs around 60 pounds of honey in order to make it through the cold months. unfortunately, big honey corporations don’t leave them any honey instead replacing it with a cheap sugar substitute that makes them more likely to get sick. Also sometimes if the keepers consider it too costly to keep the bees alive through the winter, they destroy the hives by setting them on fire.
Lastly, I have already been told that if the bees die were all screwed but it never really sunk in until I started researching why honey isn’t ethical. did you know that bees pollinate 70 out of 100 crop species around the world that’s a hell of a lot! And That’s only the start we will lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants will then die and so on up the food chain.
So after learning about all this information I’m really trying to cut back on the amount of honey i use and if i do buy some i make sure its from a local farm and not mass produced.
There are a lot of alternatives to honey. Maple syrup, Yacon root syrup, coconut nectar, date paste and agave nectar I’ve never personally tried any of them so id love your recommendations on which is heather and taste better, don’t just take my word for it, do your own research on the matter it was definitely an eye-opening experience for me. Thanks for reading Xxx