Wednesday, 12 June 2013

If honey isn't vegan, what else can't vegans eat?

Tonight, I watched a video titled "Why honey is not vegan", which explains that honey can't be vegan, as veganism, as a principle and life philosophy, aims to eliminate all forms of animal exploitation by humans.

So, if honey isn't vegan because of "animal exploitation", what other foods are not vegan?

  1. Okra
  2. Kiwi fruit
  3. Cashew nuts
  4. Apples
  5. Strawberries
  6. Star fruit
  7. Sugarbeet
  8. Mustard
  9. Rapeseed oil
  10. Canola oil
  11. Peas
  12. Beans
  13. Chilli peppers, Red peppers, Green peppers, Bell peppers
  14. Papaya
  15. Chestnuts
  16. Watermelon
  17. Tangerines
  18. Cucumber
  19. Squash
  20. Lemons
  21. Limes
  22. Buckwheat
  23. Soybean
  24. Cotton (not a foodstuff, but you can't wear this as a vegan either)
  25. Sunflower oil
  26. Walnuts
  27. Pears
  28. Mangos
  29. Apricots
  30. Almonds
  31. Peaches
  32. Pomegranate
  33. Black currant
  34. Red currant
  35. Raspberry
  36. Blackberry
  37. Elderberry
  38. Sesame seeds
  39. Blueberry
  40. Cranberry
  41. Tomatoes
  42. Grapes
If you are wondering, "But why can't we eat all this plant-related foods as vegans?", let me explain.

All of the above crops rely on pollination by bees to produce the end food product that ends up in your mouth. While honeybees aren't the only insect pollinator, industrial level agriculture which is used to feed the millions of Western mouths in the modern world requires managed honeybee colonies to be placed on farmland to ensure adequate pollination. By eating any of the above crops, you are eating something that can only be produced on the scale that it is today specifically because of human-managed honeybee colonies, and thus, should not be considered "vegan".

Think about that next time you try to vilify beekeepers for their "overall lack of respect for bees".

While not all vegans think like this, there is definitely a vocal minority who spout this kind of ridiculous nonsense without realising the implications of what they say.

The video in question, by the way:

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