Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.
STOP. STOP NOW.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?
Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.
I swear people don’t even think this stuff out.
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive.
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?
I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!
A good beekeeper will always leave enough honey for the bees, so that they can survive the winter and produce more honey next year.
Let the bees die of starvation during the winter is uneconomic, so beekeepers pay attention so that this doesn’t happen.
As for the hives, the wild ones have to suffer the attack of the bears, and during the winter, when the bees are less active because of the cold, some birds (such as chickadees) eat bees and destroy the hives. In addition, bees can get sick and suffer the attack of pests.
A good beekeeper fences his hives with electrified wire to keep the bears away, knows methods to keep birds away and knows how to take care of the bees in the event of damage by pests.