A vegan friend of mine in Australia asked me if honey is vegan. Here is what I wrote to her.You have to decide for yourself…
“Bees. Yes, we do take (they don’t give) surplus honey from the bees at the end of the year.However, most keepers like myself always try to work with the bees to ensure the bees have enough honey in their two bottom brood chambers to get them through the winter. Generally, bees produce a considerable amount of surplus honey that they would not consume through a normal winter.For example, an average hive can produce over a 100lbs (45kg) of surplus honey and still leaving another 100-120lbs (45-55Kgs) for then to overwinter on.
Even if we leave all the honey the bees do not have enough body mass in the winter to keep all that honey from crystallizing and thereby becoming unusable to them and us (we can get crystallized honey out of combs very easily). Side note: In the fall bees start to shrink their numbers to a minimum from 100,000 bees at the peak of summer to about 25,000 in winter (numbers are approx since I can count all the individual bees )
Also, I think of it like this…The bees are helping to sustain themselves since I sell their honey to buy more hives, equipment, and bees!
I also speak about bees and stinging since if a beekeeper goes in throwing stuff around and pissing off the bees then the bees sting and die. Not good. Slow calm is the way to work with bees. ” Nick F.
Adopt a Honey Bee honey is raw and natural. I do not heat or process my honey in any way. It is as fresh from the hive as you can get. I extract the honey from the comb, pass it through a cheese cloth, and put in Mason jars. That is it, nothing more or less.
Many people claim and research has shown that eating raw honey has helped strengthen the immune system, treat allergies, aids in digestion, and even help heal burn wounds. Honey is full of natural enzymes and other biological compounds that have many positive effects on the body; inside and out. Honey also has anti-fungal properties and will never go bad. Honey as found in ancient tombs in Egypt that was thousands of years old was still edible.
My wife and I swear that since we have been eating our local raw honey that we have been sick less often than in past years. Try it for yourself!