17-02-10 Why Honey is Not Vegan

This week I discuss why honey is not vegan. First of all, it’s not vegan by definition. Any definition of veganism includes not exploiting animals, bees are animals and they are exploited for their honey. I talk about the problems of animal use as well as other ways they are exploited, such as the queen bees being killed.

I answer some FAQs, such as “Don’t you step on ants?”,”Aren’t beekepers helping the bees, because wild bees sometimes die in the winter?” and “If it was that bad why don’t the bees just fly away”.

I also read out this recipe for a vegan honey substitute:


  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


1. Dump the granulated sugar and water into a bowl, and stir until well combined.

2. Then, replace the honey in the recipe with an equal amount of honey substitute

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