Hands up if you thought beeswax was a natural waste product that bees make but don’t really need, and that honey was some kind of natural bee secretion that just happens to taste delicious, lucky us for discovering it?
We thought the same way, but after some time and research, we made the decision not to include these ingredients in any of our current or upcoming products.
So, what did we find out?
Well, bees make honey to survive. They need a reliable, healthy food source during winter and honey is the best source of sustenance to do just that. That’s why they work so hard to make it.Did you know that a single worker bee may visit up to 10,000 flowers in one day and, in an entire lifetime, produce only a teaspoon of honey?
Apparently, a hive of bees makes enough extra honey that bee keepers can extract a certain amount to support their livelihood, as long as they leave at least 0.5 kilos (approx.) untouched for the bees to feed on until spring. So far, so good - and we’re sure there are many ethical bee keepers who do just that.
The problem arises when honey production is low or bee keepers need (or want) more honey. That’s when some bee keepers extract too much honey (loaded with enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids) and pump in low cost unhealthy sugar water (an artificial sweetener that lacks nourishment and weakens the bees’ immune systems). This means the bees are more susceptible to harm from toxins and pesticides and are more likely to carry these toxins into the hive.
In addition, to prevent ‘swarming’ which can cause a decline in honey production, some bee keepers will employ cruel and harmful tactics to wound the queen or manipulate the normal breeding cycle of the bees.
So, what can we do?
If you eat honey or use beeswax, try to find the cruelty-free, organic kind. You’ll probably enjoy eating it more if you know you’ve made the extra effort to make even a small change. There are many websites that have done the hard work for you and will list cruelty free products, such as LINK
To encourage bees to thrive, plant bee friendly natives in your garden, again you can find websites dedicated to helping you do this.
If you are interested in finding out more about what we are doing, we would love for you visit us.
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If you are interested in finding out more on this topic, PeTA wrote a full report which you can find here.
In addition, Marla Spivak gave a fascinating TED talk about the disappearance of bees here.
Thank you to Anna Reiff for the photo