#repost @rawforhealth ・・・ . Honey is probably the product most frequently mistaken as vegan-friendly. There is a common misconception that bees make their honey especially for us, but this couldn’t be much further from the truth. . Honey is made by bees for bees, and their health is sacrificed when it is harvested by humans. Importantly, harvesting honey does not correlate with The Vegan Society's definition of veganism, which seeks to exclude not just cruelty, but exploitation. . What is honey? . Honey is bees’ single source of food and essential nutrients during poorer weather and the winter months. A honeybee, the species used in commercial honey production, will visit up to 1500 flowers in order to collect enough nectar to fill its ‘honey stomach’; a second, separate stomach in which enzymes begin to break down the nectar into honey. After returning to the hive, this is regurgitated and chewed by ‘house bees’ to complete the honey-making process. The hive works as a collective to provide each member with an adequate supply, each bee producing just a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime: significantly less than most people would expect. Honey is fundamental to a hive’s wellbeing. . Unethical practices . Claims that consuming honey helps the bee population thrive are not true. When farmers remove honey from a hive, they replace it with a sugar substitute which is significantly worse for the bees’ health since it lacks the essential nutrients, fats and vitamins of honey. The bees then exhaust themselves by working to replace the missing honey. During the removal of honey, many honeybees can die after stinging the farmers, as they cannot remove their stinger. . #honey#honeyisnotvegan#plantbased#plantpower#meatfree#crueltyfree#consciousbite#newvegan#govegan @rawforhealth 🐝 #bee#bees#vegansofig#vegansofinsta
Our reception was held in the greenhouse tasting room at @heidrunmeadery where they make fabulous sparkling champagne style #mead! 🥂🍾They keep their very own #bees and what better way to get bees excited than a spectacular field of Icelandic poppies 🌷✨ This Meadery on the #pch is one of our favorite stops and part of what made us fall in love with Point Reyes 💕 hashtag save the bees 🐝 y’all! . . . 📷@csarradet & @spiderthan
. Honeybees are one of science's great mysteries because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years, even though the world changed around them. . Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years. . The true honeybee was not known in the Americas until Spanish, Dutch, and English settlers introduced it near the end of the 17th century. . The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, making their distinctive buzz. . A bee flies at a rate of about 12 miles per hour. . Honeybees communicate with one another by "dancing". . The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day. . It takes 35 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter. . Honeybee colonies have unique odours that members flash like identification cards at the hive's front door. All the individual bees in a colony smell enough alike so that the guard bees can identify them. . The honeybee is not born knowing how to make honey; the younger bees are taught by the more experienced ones. . Some worker bees are nurse bees. Their job is to feed the larvae. . A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive. . In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. . A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. . One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. . An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. . @rawforhealth . #honey#honeyisnotvegan#plantbased#plantpower#meatfree#crueltyfree#consciousbite#newvegan#govegan @rawforhealth 🐝 #bee#bees#vegansofig#vegansofinsta
A sunny ☀️ day means I can expect visitors in the garden. Today there were so many! I even got to see a hummingbird!! And the flowers of choice were basil 🌿 flowers in both the lemon 🍋 basil 🌿 and sweet basil 🌿 varieties. Many happy little bees 🐝 like this one and many time stingless bees were enjoying the nectar and the sunshine.
A mini gathering ... these vegetables are warm from the midday sun. I purposely went to the garden when the sun was high, I wanted to feel this part of summer. I watched for little green snakes in the garden but only saw a few of my bees lighting on the sunflowers, never bothering me while I cut okra. I will spend most of the afternoon tending to all of this. Right now, June is my favorite month. #summer#vegetables#garden#bees