How to Talk to Vegans About Honey & Bees

How to Talk to Vegans About Honey & Bees
I have yet to meet a beekeeper—commercial or hobbyist—who doesn’t adore his or her bees. There is a beauty and a romance to beekeeping that begins with the sun, and, if you are lucky, ends in a bonanza of the best tasting honey you have ever known. Small-scale beekeepers observe colony life up close over time, an experience that enhances their understanding of the natural world, and perhaps even inspires a sense of wonder about the cause and effect relationships that bind all living things. So it can be jarring to discover—and this can happen when you bring your honey to market—that not only does not everyone share your enthusiasm for bees, but there are people who believe you are harming them by participating in beekeeping. As an animal product, honey isn’t part of a strictly vegan diet. Yet many vegans are drawn to honey and seek out conversation with

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