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Honey isn't considered vegan as it's an animal product made by bees for their own use. Bees are usually fed a substitute as a replacement which isn't as good for their health, but there are more issues than that; as you've mentioned sometimes bees are killed during removal of honey (sometimes killed deliberately), they are often selectively bred which has ...


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There are tens of thousands of bee species in the world. (Bees aren't the only pollinators in the world -- they're just well-known, and also used to "target" pollination of some crops, such as almond trees.) So even if all managed European honeybee (the species which produces honey and which is kept by beekeepers) hives were to drop dead today, there would ...


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The UK Vegan Society currently labels honey as non-vegan. Importantly, harvesting honey does not correlate with The Vegan Society's definition of veganism, which seeks to exclude not just cruelty, but exploitation. However, it's interesting to note that was not always the case historically! In 1944, honey was determined by a majority of the Society to ...


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It depends on what is used instead. While shopping recently I saw a vegan substitute for honey and the first ingredient was organic apple juice. Well as it turns out, apple trees are normally pollinated by honeybees. Honeybee hives are most commonly used in the United States, and arrangements may be made with a commercial beekeeper who supply hives for a ...


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There are two common sweeteners that work well as a direct substitute for honey. Honey is about 82% simple sugars (by mass). Maple syrup is about 60% simple sugars, making it slightly less sweet than honey. It has a distinctive flavour that although different from honey is quite pleasant. Maple syrup is a good choice for Canadians and Americans who prefer ...


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For each individual beekeeper, it depends. The price of bee products (honey, pollen, etc.) change over time, and so does the price of pollination services that beekeepers provide. But it seems like pollination currently produces more revenue overall, at least in North America. Today, many beekeepers make at least half of their annual income not from ...


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