This video brings a very important answer to the recurrent question coming not only from vegans, but from most of us:
"Is it legitimate to harvest honey, pollen and propolis from bees?"
Most of the time, this question comes from two different perspectives:
- Aren't we simply stealing their precious resources?
- Is it a violation to the bees organization and life?
This question is around since a really long time and I wanted to give it the best answer possible with the knowledge available nowadays.
The answer is neither "no" nor "yes", because it is sometimes yes and sometimes no. There are many factors to consider if you are really interested to the ethical side of beekeeping. In this video, I give many of those factors. Of course, there are more, but I'm presenting the most important ones for the moment.
Let me write down a few of the points I cover in the video:
Honey is the most known bee product and sometimes people think only about honey when they hear about bees. For that reason, I will include some of the most generic factors under the honey category, but keep in mind that most of the factors given under this category apply also to pollen and propolis.
- A beekeeper must make sure his bees live in a place of abundance of natural, diverse and rich food.
- A beekeeper must make sure his bees are not in the presence of pesticides.
- A beekeeper must have a set of beekeeping methods that are non-violent for the bees.
- A beekeeper must make sure he preserves the quality of "his" honey in order to respect the work of "his" bees.
Regarding pollen, the most important point is that a beekeeper has to make sure that there is a constant abundance of beebread (pollen transformed by the bees inside the beehive) inside every beehive from which he does harvest bee pollen from. This is critical since it is the food for all baby bees!!!
For propolis, believe it or not, the beekeeper has to stop selecting bees that produce too little propolis!!! This one is a tricky one since beekeepers, for a long time always thought that bees producing the least propolis were the best ones. It makes it easier to work in a beehive when there is less propolis in it. There is a whole lot of education that needs to be done here!
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