The 1 Reason Why Honey IS Vegan

by / Saturday, 21 March 2015 / Published in Activism, Lifestyle, vegan
If you’re vegan you may be thinking “those stupid Vegan Bro motherfuckers. That’s blasphemy! Honey is NOT vegan!”

But if you’re not vegan, you’re probably thinking, “wait, do vegans not eat honey either? Holy shit! I knew they were fuckin crazy!”

We set the record straight in this video:

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  • Maddie Segal

    I agree guys! Thanks for bringing this up. It does make folks feel that much more removed from the possibility of ever becoming vegan, which is very harmful to our case. Also, relative to the scale of what we are trying to tackle with the meat and dairy industry, it is not really relevant to even bring up. Most of the time it comes off as a person being “holier than thou” and that is detrimental to any argument.

    • Right on!

      • Joyless_vegan

        ……….it’s “holier than thou” to stick to a set of principles? So, I am “holier than thou” for being non-sexist, non-racist and non-heterosexist? How do you figure that, or are you racist sometimes so as not to “make folks feel removed from the possibility of ever becoming” non-racist?

        • Joiya

          Why are you so pissed, have you had your fiber today?

        • Joiya

          Why are you so pissed, have you had your fiber today?

          • Joyless_vegan

            Actually, asking legitimate and intelligent questions doesn’t make me “pissed”, but you do you.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            T. L. D. R.

        • Bill Kleinsturn

          See those three fingers of the same hand you’re using to point to others’ failings? Yeah, those three. They’re pointing back at you, gruber.

  • Brendon Clark

    So instead of educating the world and going vegan through that way you’d like us to throw the bees under the bus just to make going vegan easier for others?? How the fuck is that vegan? What if we decided that vegan bros were too much for non vegans and your hurting the whole veganism movement. What if we decide you should die just like the bees just to make others feel better. I have lost all faith and respect for you two!!

    • Andrea

      It’s not like vegans are choosing to eat honey for the sake of making more people vegan, its just about keeping quiet when you’re around people who AREN’T vegan, so that you don’t turn them off. Do your research at home so you don’t have to ask “Is there honey in this?” when you’re out in public.

      • Meg

        I don’t completely agree. You should ask “is there honey in this” if you are unsure. For example- today I went to Whole Body and asked for something natural to prevent allergies from getting to me. Guy at counter “Bee pollen bla bla bla”. I made “the face”– he claps his hands in the most feminine way summoning “The Vegan Employee” then I was praised for my dedication that he someday hoped to achieve. Again- I don’t quite agree with Brendon either- I mean… “throwing bees under the bus”– I hope that’s sarcasm. Why? B/c they just said they don’t consume honey and they think it’s morally wrong… HOWEVER- that doesn’t mean they throw a hissy fit in public when people eat honey or go 95% Vegan .. just still eat honey.. maybe wear silk.. People don’t want to associate with the hissy fits. HOWEVER- providing educational information when inquiring minds ask.. beneficial ! Your leading by humble example– beneficial !

        • Trent Langello

          There’s no such thing as 95% vegan. That sounds just as ridiculous as saying 95% anti-racist. Veganism is not a broad term; there is no in between. You either are or you aren’t. “maybe wear silk.”? I think you may be confusing vegan with vegetarian. I highly suggest educating yourself on veganism.

          • Vaalea D

            Wait, is there really such a thing as 100% vegan?.. that is a mythical achievement we all would be striving for, achieving it when we die I suppose.

          • Greg Stevens

            Yep. Where does my responsibility end? I have non-vegan kids. I guess I sort of failed. When I die, I achieved 0% veganism.

          • Cindy Ashline

            Well are they vegetarian?

          • DoubleDingleDongle

            Only a select few make it to level 5 vegan.

        • Trent Langello

          There’s no such thing as 95% vegan. That sounds just as ridiculous as saying 95% anti-racist. Veganism is not a broad term; there is no in between. You either are or you aren’t. “maybe wear silk.”? I think you may be confusing vegan with vegetarian. I highly suggest educating yourself on the lifestyle of veganism.

          • So are you saying 0% vegan and 95% vegan is the same thing?

          • Joyless_vegan

            Yes, because both are non-vegan.

          • Jess

            I’m certain you aren’t 100% vegan.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            It’s an idiot, VB. Of course, that’s what it was claiming. And hoping grubers would buy into that line of (non) thinking. LOL

            Great discussion, thanks!

          • randomFLgirl

            Some of these ppl r just trying way too hard not to allow people to be in their special club known as “vegan movement”….

            They feel better about themselves knowing their diet is 100 percent perfect at all times free of animal product.

            They probably go “freeganing” too. Hah

          • April Ballister

            I would think allowing somebody to move closer and closer to the movement is better than having somebody say “okay, just F’it then” Allow for the changes. Every change is better than none.

          • Ashley Dietrich

            I have been vegan for around 5+ years. My immediate family has transitioned to being mostly vegan. Yes, I said “mostly.” I think it is great that people are making progress, and I’m not about to alienate the people who are transitioning at a different speed than I did. A hateful liberationist once went on a tirade about me saying my family was “mostly” vegan, and I shudder to think of how off-putting someone with that judgmental attitude affects the perception of vegans in general. With people like that, it isn’t about the animals, and choosing the most effective PR strategy to help them – it’s about that person and their own ego, personal purity, and anger. An integral part of animal advocacy is showing compassion to everyone, and presenting the vegan lifestyle as something people would want to be part of. Nobody is going to sign up to be nit-picked and made to feel like their efforts are meaningless.

          • Cindy Ashline

            Well said sister! I like the way you think! I am also mostly vegan. I believe this is enough. Sometimes it is hard when you go out to a party or just anywhere and I have to be able to have something. Being almost vegan just maybe as much as some people can do for the rest of their lives. It still helps a lot more than it hurts. I went grocery shopping tonight and bought everything vegan except for some Mrs. Thinster’s cookie thins. I found them in Price Chopper; never heard of these before. I also bought a pint of non-dairy chocolate fudge almond ice cream.

          • Jess

            actually, it’s just the opposite. we can only ever be X% vegan, never 100%.

            to be 100% vegan, you wouldn’t watch fireworks, travel in most automobiles or planes, listen to violin music, use non-apple laptops/desktops/tablets/smartphones, enter a house made of plywood, and a host of other things…

      • Anna

        Why should I have to walk on eggshells & restrict myself from informing the truth? By catering to the sensitivity of those who are doing harm, I’m also implicated in that harm. Why be an enabler to appeal to their perception? If they feel uncomfortable talking or inquiring about why Honey isn’t Vegan, it’s bc they lack the critical thinking skills to examine their choices. It’s our responsibility to expose & dismantle the status quo. Gently, of course, but not blindingly. It’s not the mention of honey that’s the issue. It’s the way it’s being presented. Someone can only think it extreme if we didn’t have the proper approach in the 1st place..

        Often when speaking about Veganism, I don’t even mention honey outright. I speak about exploitation in general. I ask: 1) Does the food directly interfere, impose, exploit, & harm the life of the sentient being. 2) Does it indirectly impact biodiversity & the environment? 3) Can you live without it? If you answer YES to all 3, then that food isn’t Vegan. It doesn’t work with plants because 1) While they do get exploited, they can’t sense being harmed 2) While it does impact the environment, it’s at a smaller scale than other industries. Plus we have a synergistic relationship with plants of give and take, whereas with animals it’s a symbiotic relationship of just take. 3) With no other food source available, it’s unrealistic & difficult to exclude plants as a food source.

        Anytime you live in hesitancy to speak freely bc of fear of backlash, is the day you should absolve from speaking at all. Those who give up liberty for a sense of security deserve neither. Especially if what you speak of is in support of those are helpless & voiceless. No one should have to manipulate someone into Veganism. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Be honest, help people understand. Give people more credit than you give them. You’d be surprised how the majority are willing to give benefit of the doubt & hear you out. Be patient, & speak to their intelligence, not their sensibilities..

    • alfred

      If you are going to be truly vegan then you will need to quit eating foods that have been produced using pollination from Honeybees.

      • mike b


        • Alfred Westlake

          Well, if the concept behind Veganism is to not eat anything that is produced by animals or animal labor then you would have to include all fruits and almost all vegetables. This is because they are all produced using honey bee pollination.

          Now you might say that honey bees do this on their own naturally. But the truth is that Honey bees are not native to the Americas and were brought here by humans specifically for the pollination that they accomplish. The apple, almond, squash ect that you eat was made possible by pollination from honey bees that were trucked to the fields so that they could pollinate the field or orchard.

          Even if you are eating stuff grown in your own yard, it is pollinated by bees that would not be here if a human had not brought it here. Bees travel up to 5 miles from their hives to collect pollen and nectar. This means that the bees in my hives in my back yard have had a hand in pollinating everything in a 5 mile radius from my house. that includes anyone’s, including any vegan’s, garden.

          So this is the logic behind my above statement.

          • mike b

            Anyway, I am grateful to the bees! And will not steal their honey!
            Save the bees!!!

          • Alfred Westlake

            It is Beekeepers who are working hard to help save the bees. Many of the problems facing honeybee populations are disease and parasitic problems that frankly require our intervention. Most feral (wild) colonies of bees won’t last more than two seasons because of being overwhelmed by parasites and the diseases that they carry. Beekeepers are working to find answers to the problem and it is the management of colonies that has kept the populations as high as they are today.

          • mike b

            What type of bees do you keep?
            Do you harvest all their honey?
            They die in the winter?

          • Alfred Westlake

            I keep several types of Honeybees.
            No i only harvest a bit from each hive so that they have plenty for themselves to get through the winter.
            No they don’t all die in the winter. Although it is during winter that I have the most colony losses.

          • Kasokian

            Honeybees are far from the only pollinators, though — there are thousands of native North American bee species, not to mention other species of pollinating insects, hummingbirds, and non-animal pollen vectors like the wind. It’s not just the honeybees doing all that work!

            There’s also a big difference between taking a by-product that the bee doesn’t even want (fruit), and taking the stuff it has produced for itself and wants to keep. If we could just nab the excess, unneeded honey in a non-invasive manner, that would be one thing, but that’s unfortunately not how it goes down (smoke is used to disorient the bees, some get injured or killed as the hive is opened and inspected, a few sting the beekeeper and die from their innards falling out, etc.)

    • Bill Kleinsturn

      LOL… Brendan, go troll somewhere else where you might fool some people.

      Someone like you sports an icon that reads “What would happen if EVERYONE CARED?” then proceeds to snarl elitist and vulgar pap. Walk your own talk before wagging your silly finger at the rest of us because your “caring” is neither caring about people skills nor caring about being effective in getting your message across by building a bridge of understanding to others who might disagree.

      As Louis CK would observe, “You’re probably someone under 20 years old.”

      LMAO… WTG, bro.

  • Tania Greenwood

    I eat honey from my hives and hives of other local beekeepers. All humanely raised and treated with utmost respect. We don’t disturb the hives for loads of honey, we just take small amounts when they’re packed full. Our bees love us and it’s amazing how they’re so docile every time we check our hives. As soon as they show any kind of stress we close the hive up and leave them alone for a week or so. Beekeeping is an amazing way to pollinate our fruit trees, herbs and other food plants/trees we have in our garden.

    • Kimberley Payne

      Did you not watch?

    • April Ballister

      I agree, We only go into our hives for honey 1 time a year, and keep so much for the bees. e do not rob them blind ever. We also clean out any wax moth, and keep the ants off the hives. Our fruit and flowering trees help provide them with what they need, and in turn we help keep their natural predators from them. We also provide water always so they don’t have to go far to get it. It is a symbiotic relationship.

  • Jan Carrie Steven

    I love your stuff.

  • susan

    I’ve heard people use this very argument as to why vegans shouldn’t talk too much about the fact that dairy and eggs aren’t vegan. I’ve also heard of people who have no problem eating grass-fed beef but avoid honey because of Colony Collapse Disorder, social justice (human hunger/starvation due to loss of pollinators), and other environmental reasons. Truth is, different messages speak to different people. What might frustrate/anger one person could inspire/uplift another. Vegans are a diverse group with many different opinions, and that’s okay. What’s important is that we often share the same goal…helping people think more about what they eat, and hopefully inspire them to make better choices.

    • Fruitiewanna

      I like the way you ended this comment. Better health and less pain in this world is what we need. Being conscious of what we consume is what we need. It’s a long time before the whole world will be pure and 100% cruelty free.

      • Bill Kleinsturn

        LOL… a very, very long time.

      • Luke smith

        I dont like the term cruelty free. Animals still die in harvesting crops ect and as living people we will inevitebly cause some form of cruelty in one way or another. The point is to minimise that cruelty as much as practicable

    • tcinphilly

      I’m so glad you mentioned that there are different motivations for being a vegan. I get tired of hearing that there’s only one true motive. Aaack. The world is full of different people. However they get to veganism, the fact that they are interested or even arrive — hallelujah!

  • Kimberley Payne

    Love love love xxxx

    Totally agree

  • Kimberley Payne

    Did you not watch the video?

  • Doc

    You are absolutely right. Exclusive, arrogant and condescending comments only harden the “enemy’s” resolve to be gore-filled fucktards…oops, did I say “gore”.
    I grew up in a traditional family on a dairy farm and man did that hurt. I have been a vegan now for 23 years and I have found that people listen best to calm, non-threatening Socratic reasoning much more than shouting from a soapbox. All my years of righteous activistic rage were nothing compared to a few well thought out discussions. It comes down to people emulating others they see as strong, healthy, wealthy and hot. Pick you battles (industrialized farming vs. bee-torture…you tell me what animals the majority of gluttonous folk will identify with most), plan for the long-haul (it’s a life-time of telling the Truth, in small doses, and changing lives, one human and one animal at a time), and remember that actions and self-confidence speak volumes when weighed against words.

    • Joyless_vegan

      so, anything that you don’t personally agree with is “exclusive, arrogant and condescending”? And being clear and concise about what veganism *actually* is, is “shouting from a soapbox”? Wow. We don’t need to “pick our battles”–we need to unequivocally, clearly and consistently advocate for veganism. Talk about reasoning–try using some.

      • Sandy Smith

        Your screen name is telling.

        • Joyless_vegan

          It was chosen deliberately. I’m not one of those rainbow and unicorn spiritual earth mother vegans, if that’s what you perceive as joyful. What brings me tremendous joy is in living consistently with my understanding that if animals matter, which they do, they we can’t exploit them because doing so harms them and we should not harm those who matter. Animals are NOT things–and it brings me great joy knowing that my way of living–consistent–is not harming animals. However, what frustrates me is the insistence of some who call themselves vegan that we should not promote the idea that animals matter because it’s just too gosh darn hard, inconvenient, or–my personal fave–divisive. That puts a serious dent in my joy, and I call it every time I see it because it causes harm to those I am seeking to keep from harm.

          • Joiya

            How do you help animals? is it through you condicending tone on social media sites? How about you list all the organizations that you think Non-Vegans should pparticipate in exit quietly.

          • Joiya

            How do you help animals? Is it through your condescending tone on social media sites? How about you list all the organizations that you think Non-Vegans should participate in to help the cause and exit this blog quietly.

          • Joyless_vegan

            i help them by not eating them, including not eating things they are used to make, like honey. This seems really obvious to me. I won’t “exit quietly” and you will not silence me. I advocate for all animals, including bees. Go eat some fiber yourself, dipshit

          • Joiya

            All vegans help by not eating them you act as if you have done something better than the rest of us. You are angry, selfish and not helping the cause in my opinion. The people you comment to with ignorant remarks and name calling like “dipshit” will silence you with compassion not only for animals and bees but for humans as well. Try kale it may help you with your attitude.

          • Joyless_vegan

            “Vegans” who eat honey or tell nonvegans it’s okay to eat honey are NOT helping “the cause”. You can think whatever you want of me, but given that you know nothing about me it doesn’t really mean much at all. I don’t need “kale” to “help me with my attitude”–what I need is for vegans to be consistent in their message to nonvegans that ALL animal use is wrong. And if you can’t wrap your mind around that concept, you’ve earned the title of “dipshit”. Have a great fiber-filled day.

          • Bill Kleinsturn


          • Bill Kleinsturn


  • James Priester

    Love you guys! Unfortunately, going to have to disagree with you on this one. I think the plight of the honeybee is a huge issue with its place as a keystone species in our ecosystem. Remove honeybees and you would have widespread ecocide. I do not think it’s arrogant/crazy for us, as vegans, to say we don’t eat honey and if some one asks why to tell them the reason. I have a friend who asked why I don’t eat honey and after giving my explanation (bee population being halved in the past decade from the use of certain pesticides, beekeeping techniques that densify a colony so that contamination of bee disease is widespread, etc) they have told me “wow I didn’t realize that.” And now they are not looking at me as a crazy person but rather now they are more educated in the plight of the honeybee.

    • Greg Stevens

      So is it neonicotoids that we should worry about? I let a beekeeper set up his boxes next to my fruit orchard. I think the bees will be even better at spreading pollen than the wind. I’m hoping the artificial ecosystem in my yard is a workaround for the damage done by chemicals.

    • alfred

      You do realize that much of the agriculture that vegans eat relies on pollination by bees for it’s production? And that one of the main reasons that honeybees were brought to the new world (they are not native to the americas) was for crop pollination?

      • tcinphilly

        Thank you. For this reason I think its important to support beekeeping.

      • Steve

        Alfred, I agree with everything except your last sentence. I’m not sure people knew of the importance of pollination in the 1600s but they DID know about honey.

    • Fruitiewanna

      Eating honey is not causing the honeybee, or any bee, population to decline. One MAJOR problem is non-organic farming within the bees distribution rages (which you mentioned), where the pesticides are directly and indirectly killing off the bees (domestic honey and native bumblebees). Also, the whole point of pesticides is to kill off bugs, so eating non-organic is not vegan (if you want to be technical). The other huge issue to bees is land clearing and developmet, which takes away the nectar producing flowers bees need in the first place. Another thing: did you know that much of the bee production is for pollinating agricultural crops, and not for consumable honey? I don’t think vegans who avoid honey are “crazy”, but it’s definitely another level of “extreme” that a lot of people don’t understand. Good on you for being able to effectively explain it to non-vegans.

      • mike b

        honey harvesting as well as habitat destruction and poison (pesticides ) does decline that bee population?
        Are you saying bees have another source of food during the winter season ? Or JUST TALKING? -_-

        • Naomiblue

          Have you ever seen bees flying around in the wintertime?

          That’s because they’re frozen. Just like the mosquitos, and wasps and all other insects that freeze during the winter. They don’t need to eat anything because they are playing dead.

          • Jason

            Bees don’t freeze in the winter, they cluster up and move slowly through the comb. Ask any beekeeper, I keep bees myself. If the cluster is too small they will freeze and die. Most beehives produce an excessive amount of honey, a certain percentage can be removed prior to winter, carefully without killing a single bee, leaving the hive with plenty to survive the winter. This is the method most hobbyist beekeepers employ. It’s very sustainable and ethical. Many times my hives have 50+ lbs of honey remaining the following Spring.

    • tcinphilly

      I think anyone who supports bee life is someone I want to support, since we have so many agents attacking them. I consider myself a vegan, but I don’t shy away from honey if it’s offered. (Yeah, go ahead, thrash me if you will. But please, read on.) If no one cared for the bees, we’d be without our pollinators. Also, most vegans I know use as much plastic as they please and drive everywhere. I consider those more harmful to our ecosystem as a whole, and to the environment in which all critters live — not just the “enslaved” ones. I’m trying to concern myself with the big picture here.

  • I thought this was pretty cool. Not necessarily the kind of tone I would use but it’s great that Matt Ball is finally used as a reference rather than more dogmatic individuals… *cough* Garys *cough*

    • Joyless_vegan

      So……….”dogmatic” means, in your mind, being consistent in practicing what one believes? So, if I believe that it is morally wrong to use animals for my own gain, when I have no need to whatsoever, I am being “dogmatic” in living my life according to that principle? By that logic, people who advocate against racism and live their lives according to the principle of not being racist are similarly dogmatic?
      dogmatic= given to asserting or imposing personal opinions; arrogant (sounds like you, here, actually);
      intolerantly authoritative (how is being consistent in thought and action “intolerantly authoritative”?)
      And if you are referring to Gary Francione, well, he’s hardly dogmatic. I think *cough* “morally consistent” *cough* is what you’re looking for there.

      • Look up dogmatic and save us the time.

      • Bill Kleinsturn

        Troll. And one that upvotes itself, too. LOL

  • Kimmie Henderson

    Honey is not vegan. And I’m is not vegetarian. I’m a vegetarian and I don’t eat honey or eggs.

    • Kimmie Henderson

      *and it’s not vegetarian.

    • Did you watch the video?

  • Vivian Varesha Chester

    I’m a vegetarian who drinks ahimsa milk (where the cows lives a pleasant life outside and doesn’t get killed). My question is, are the bees harmed or do they suffer when producing honey or are they doing what they would do naturally and we just take the leftover products? If that’s the case I would agree that it’s ok to eat, that’s the whole point of being vegan no?

    • Joyless_vegan

      ………….what happens to all the calves? I mean, in order to get milk, cows must bear a calf. There would end up being a massive surplus of animals, not all of whom would be “productive”. So……what happens to the calves? I suspect that, as in any other dairy, they end up dead.

      And no, you have entirely missed the point of veganism. Being vegan means we don’t exploit other sentient beings. Period. It doesn’t matter if products of their bodies are “left over” or if they “suffer”. What matters is that they are sentient beings who have inherent value, not just value we decide to give them based on what we can take from them, and they have their own interests, which include not being used as resources, in any way, by humans.

      • Vivian Varesha Chester

        No, they don’t end up dead, they live out their natural lives in peace and harmony with their caretakers that love them. The humans lovingly take care of the cows and in return mother cow shares her milk with us. It is a relationship based in love, not exploitation and is very joyful! 🙂 it’s a beautiful thing…

        • Joyless_vegan

          It is exploitation because the cows cannot give their consent. It is not a “beautiful thing” for humans to take things from other animals that we don’t even need. “Peace and harmony” involves letting animals exist for their own sakes and not what we can take from them.

          • Joyless_vegan

            It’s amazing the things people tell themselves to justify their greed and selfishness–the cows “share” their milk, indeed. SMH.

          • Vivian Varesha Chester

            Actually they do give consent, just not with words that we are used to. When you call them by name and they come running to you for feeding or milking they are very happy. Plus, a calf usually cannot drink all the milk that mom produces, mama needs to be milked to get relief otherwise she will be very uncomfortable and suffer. It is a win win for all involved. I would encourage you to spend some time on an ahimsa farm, you will see… 😉

          • Joyless_vegan

            …are you serious? “mama needs to be milked to get relief”. If we weren’t breeding her for her milk to begin with, then no, she wouldn’t “need” this relief. And no, they don’t give their consent. They can’t. You are projecting all kinds of things onto them. It is definitely NOT a “win-win” for the cows–only the humans. Unfortunately, people like you are contributing to a lot of unnecessary suffering. SMH.

      • Talkingtree

        Does that include “owning” pets? I find so many vegans own cats, esp. and I don’t get that. How one can be an ethically correct vegan and own a naturally carnivorous pet, either feeding it vegan (a form of selfish imposition of one’s dietary ethics contrary to the cat’s nature) or one can feed it meat, which I assume a committed vegan could never do.

  • Sonia Chauhan

    Veganism means to be against the exploitation of nonhuman animals. Bees are nonhuman animals. So honey isn’t vegan! Fact. Sounds pretty rational to me. Keep in mind objectifying bees perpetuates the system that objectifies chickens (and many other animals). Can we please get to the root of the problem: objectification.

    • Did you watch the video?

    • BileMonkey

      Veganism just means to be a strict vegetarian. Many people do chose veganism for for ethical reasons. But you can be 100% vegan amd drown puppies for the fun of it should you wish. You just can’t eat them afterwards. Many people are vegan for health reasons, or for broader ethical reasoning such as planetary sustainability, or because they’re fucking someone who is a hairshirt vegan and it makes their life easier if they’re allowed to share the fridge. Just because a lot of vegans are all like “think of the little animals” doesn’t make veganism itself an animal rights/welfare concern any more than having a penchant for cocaine and supernodels makes you a rockstar.

      • mike b


      • Hanny Tunks Horstink

        No!! You can’t be vegan and “drown puppies”!! Vegan is not a diet it is a lifestyle that avoids hurting, exploiting and eating animals. Human and non-human!

        • BileMonkey

          What if they were evil puppies? Puppies who worked in vivisection labs and did 9/11? Does being a vegan mean you couldn’t take pleasure from the gasping squeals of those vile bastards as the water fills their tiny, hate-filled lungs? Of course not. You’re talking bollocks.

        • Rachel Jones

          Lol! Vegan might be a lifestyle, but there are many people who use it for weight loss. A close loved one of mine was using it to cover up an extreme eating disorder. People can eat whatever way they want without principle or ethics attached to it. Be realistic.

          • discus

            Veganism IS an extreme eating disorder, imo.

          • Rachel Jones

            Well that is your opinion. Phew! so glad I care more about the well being of animals, the planet and my health than I do about your opinion.

          • JB

            I think the Standard American Diet is pretty extreme. It leads to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. We all know this to be true, yet these 3 , very preventable, illnesses are of the top leading causes of death in this country. That’s insane. Eating a plant based diet is essential for a long, healthy life.

          • Zoe West

            Well said

          • Owen Einarson

            Amen Brother! Too bad most of society would rather consume animal products and die obese and ill than changing things up to live longer more productive lives disease free and reducing risk of said illnesses you speak of.

          • Zoe West

            That’s is such a silly thing to say.

          • discus

            Truth hurts.

          • discus

            “Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions and your ability to function in important areas of life.”

            Not all vegans, btw. Just the ones who allow their diets to overtake their lives to such an extent that they become easily angered and overly irritated by people who don’t agree with their chosen lifestyle…which is roughly 98% of them according to my personal experience.

          • Hanny Tunks Horstink

            That person eats a plantbased diet, which is great, but is not a vegan! Veganism: “a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
            Educate yourself.

          • BileMonkey

            You’re confusing the philosophy with the diet. De-autosodomise yourself X

          • Hanny Tunks Horstink

            I certainly do not!! What are you on about!

      • Kevin Michael Mollenhauer

        Also just a stellar comment. Thank you. I humbly bow to your superior sarcasm.

      • Ruth Willow Ssebuliba

        this is true…im vegan and couldn’t care less about animals. I just want my body to be pure, healthy and holy for God as a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian.

    • Owen Einarson

      You are incorrect Veganism is against any use of animal products be it flesh or by-products of animals. Many strict Vegans are also against the wearing of leathers or using beauty, cleaning products that may have animal properties in them. With so many other plant based sweeteners available the use of honey is not required.

      • Connie Lagle Daugherty

        “Veganism is against any use of animal products be it flesh or ***by-products*** of animals.”

        So then any fruit or vegetable that has been pollinated by BEES or BUTTERFLIES or any other pollinating INSECTS etc…

        AH… GOTCHA! Good luck with avoiding those!

        • While the philosophy of morality is complex and nuanced, one of the great features of modern society is that moral rights can be campaigned for by passionate people in an open and inclusive discussion that leads to an evolution in society’s ethical values and the introduction and enforcement of laws that protect those values.

          Your post probably fairly illustrates that some of those campaigning for animal rights can use negative rhetoric that comes across as shaming with a sense of superiority, which unfortunately may harm their cause more than it helps it. But you are close to arguing that morality should be an unvoiced personal choice. How would societies have reached a moral (and legal) consensus on things like the abolition of slavery, the protection of the weak and vulnerable, female voting rights etc if not for people challenging the status quo?

  • VeggieTart

    Here’s the thing: the insects and other critters killed in harvesting are collateral damage. It’s going to happen no matter what. Honey is theft from the bees.

    BUT if someone said “I have to give up honey too?” and that’s the only thing keeping them from going vegan, I’d say something like, “If honey is the only thing keeping you from going vegan, then give up all animal foods but honey”

    • April Ballister

      every time you walk in your yard, you are creating “collateral damage” when you step on unsuspecting bugs.

      • VeggieTart

        Yes I realize that. But the idea is to reduce harm where possible.

      • I ate 10 pounds of honey the other day…. I guess i’m not vegan any more… Damn.

        Must be a fucking vegetarian…

      • Tasha

        Yes, but walking around or making some kind of ground contact is essential to staying alive. The point of vegetarianism and veganism is to avoid harming anything where it’s possible to do so without harming your own health or existence. If someone were on a desert island and the only edible food they found was a live animal, I would in no way condemn them for killing and eating said animal – the rational vegetarians and vegans only find that kind of thing offensive when people are eating them without necessity, i.e. for taste or convenience.

        • Bill Kleinsturn

          And the rest of us condemn you for being so judgmental about things that aren’t any of your concern. I for one like taste and convenience. So GFY.

          • mike b

            No need for the foul language… It’s offensive lil mr keyboard hero!

          • Jake675309

            Did I miss a comment? Where is the foul language you speak of?

          • mike b

            Is what I was speaking of

          • Jake675309

            Ya, thats pretty harsh. Better find a safe space so letters can no longer hurt you.

          • Owen Einarson

            Jake675309 Bill and the GFY come on read between the lines here.

          • Sue Spahr

            Simmer down, Salty Bill. 😛

          • Tim Ruiz

            It’s you who are being judge-mental. I don’t bother anyone who wants to keep eating meat or other animal products. But if you ask me why I don’t, I will be honest with you. If you don’t want to know, don’t ask and don’t read posts that explain it either. You “chose” to read those, so don’t now start bemoaning the fact that you did as if someone is judging you, or perhaps it tweaked your conscience?

          • Tasha

            Right, okay. Then don’t you ever take issue with a psychopath raping and murdering a little girl. You don’t know her so it’s none of your concern.

          • Eliana Posada

            Wau! You can say the same thing without being so aggressive. No surprise you eat animals.

        • Hanny Tunks Horstink

          So if two people were on an Island and there is no food its ok for one to eat the other?

          • Tasha

            If there’s no other food on the island, of course. It would become survival of the fittest. The instinctive priority for any living thing is to survive (and no vegan in their right mind would take issue with true survival), which requires some kind of food. If the only food source is another living being, then it has to be them.

        • Jake675309

          “The point of vegetarianism and veganism is to avoid harming anything where it’s possible to do so without harming your own health or existence” In other words…….be vegan when its convenient for you to be vegan.

          • Eliana Posada

            The philosophy of veganism is not cause any harm when we get conscious about it. Many know now about the cruelty behind animal agriculture, animal testing, animals used in entertainment, fashion, among many others. So, what happens to all the people that get to know about all these atrocities and yet prefer to fool themselves with non-sense excuses so they can keep fulfilling their pleasures no matter the cruelty, suffering and murdering?

    • Bill Kleinsturn

      Theft? That’s a legal concept.

      And while I realize the grubers at PETA want everyone to believe that “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy,” it’s not theft if you’re taking from something that has no concept of ownership in the first place, any more than bears are committing “theft” of honey.

      Look. If you buy PETA’s insane view of the world, fine, that’s your prerogative. But then bears are committing theft, too, if you want to be consistent. And if you don’t buy into it, then there is no “theft.”

      I do like your conclusion and advice in your last paragraph. It was a return to sanity.

      • mike b

        You are a sub-human and proud of it? 😳
        “Be a role model for other species” that help?
        Read Sonia’s statement below

      • Kasokian

        Who said bees have no concept of ownership? Social insects can be very territorial and will fiercely protect their home and resources. To the bees, it’s pretty clear that the hive and all that is in it is “theirs”, even if they don’t have a set of complex rules to explain why and how.

    • alex

      please don’t use the term “collateral damage” to refer to lives lost. this is what the US govt started to do in the late 20th century when animals and other civilians were killed during acts of war.

    • James Hepler

      Seems to me that to a large degree, local apiaries are saving bees. Bees are having a tougher and tougher time surviving “human progress”, and people who make honey on a smaller scale are actually keeping the various species alive. Is honey theft from bees, or is it symbiosis?

      • Eliana Posada

        It is theft. They work so intensely to make the honey and save it, so they can have their food for the hardest months.

        • Kristopher Williams

          Weird i feel the same way about my taxes but, im sure u guys are pro taxes right…

        • Steve

          Bees make more than they could ever use. Not harvesting can prompt a swarm late in the year, sentencing them to certain death.

        • Ethan Arthurs

          Even honey bees work hard to produce wax which is their homes, honey is just residue that they use barely any of (compared to what they produced) to feed their larvae. Using wax in stuff like candles is more harmful to the bee population than eating honey…

    • Freddy D.

      Well, if u harvest vegetables with machines, u are killing more bugs than just some bees 😛

      • Kevin Michael Mollenhauer

        best comment on this entire page. ^^^^ kudos to you, good sir. kudos to you.

      • Moonangel4evr

        And they only use man made products. All that pollution must be so healthy for all those animals and bugs!!

    • Smw Pink

      I’m normally a vegetarian but trying my hand in being a vegan , now the biggest problem was my love of eggs but I have done it and it’s fine but HOLY honey I have used honey for my sugar for over 4 years Im a little upset about the honey

      • VeggieTart

        Ya know, if the only thing that keeps you from being vegan is honey, than give up all animal foods but honey. Or try agave nectar, which is just as sweet (if a bit less viscous) and made from plants.

        • Lee Thomas

          I love agave nectar! (My favorite is called tequila.)

      • Eliana Posada

        Bees deserve your effort. They work so hard to have the honey for the winter months. They make the honey for them not for us. Try other sources of sweetness. Agave, stevia, sugar cane …

    • G B

      “Until you go vegan, nothing changes. Once you go vegan, everything changes.”

      I always encourage people to go vegan. That means eschewing honey.

  • Heather Priddy

    I think that if you buy honey from farmers markets you are helping bees in a way, because those small farmers tend to love their bees and they are helping keep bee population up when colony collapse is such a problem. Who can deny that the almond industry is WAY more harmful to bees than small honey farmers. I don’t buy groceries with honey as an ingredient but will buy local honey

  • Aubrie VeganRose Keegan

    I see your points–yes, all of them.
    I don’t really view Veganism as “perfection”. I’m all for being gentle with people and not completely overwhelming them with information. The idea “a little bit goes a long way” is often true when I’ve looked to help people find their biggest, truest hearts and live their lives as compassionately as they possibly can at every moment. Thus far this method has worked well for me! That being said I personally don’t consume honey based on my vegan ethics. Perhaps another person feels it’s suitable to do so, but that person isn’t me. I will share whatever information I have and my viewpoints, and I expect nothing more nor anything less of others than for them to do exactly that. I know that I strive to push my limits when it comes to my ethics, and to question myself often and to act with tremendous integrity as my knowledge grows. And boy does it ever grow: it grows in leaps, and it grows in tremendous bounds.

    Personally, I’d encourage everyone to nourish and care for bees and all life, and for me this means never taking what they’ve worked so hard for. I suppose someone could argue that bees are Zen masters and practice non-attachment, making them impenetrable to another being taking what they’ve worked for. Despite my spiritual inclinations I’m not terribly convinced of this to the point that I would take honey, propolis or anything else they’ve made to sustain themselves and their hive. Instead I’d also practice non-attachment, thus looking elsewhere for what I believe the bees offer which I am convinced that I need enough in order to take it from them

    Cheers, gents. Thanks for keeping people thinking, you do it with such voracious style. <3Aubrie

  • Allison

    I see what you guys are saying, and I don’t love presenting more obstacles to potential vegans out there, but as many other commenters have said: people need to know more about bees and if we can open up that discussion, that’s one more person educated. I don’t think a person who is actually seriously committed to veganism would just decide to eat a steak because they feel like they can’t avoid honey… I remember I questioned the honey thing too back when I went vegan and I had my mind blown by the information I learned. If honeybees go down, we are all dead anyway.

  • Eric

    Declaring an animal product as vegan doesn’t just magically make it vegan. If they want to be called vegan, then they should be full vegan. If honey becomes the deciding factor for people becoming vegan then they are obviously just looking for the title without making a sacrifice. It’s like people who say they are vegetarian but eat fish. Those people confuse the rest of the population and then these animals aren’t viewed as animals anymore. I’m not going to change the definition of what it means for a food product to be vegan or vegetarian just to please people looking for a title without commitment. We should instead me teaching people why these products AREN’T vegan instead of confusing them with false information.

    • Why are you trying to make veganism into a special club? How does that help animals? The animals don’t need us to define the word “vegan.” They need us to be effective.

      • Eric

        While I do understand the logic being used in the video, I just don’t believe that there are people out there thinking, “I’ll become vegan if I can eat honey, otherwise I’m still gonna keep eating meat”. The discussion is between vegans and vegetarians, and you can see proof of this in all of the comments.

        While I’ve never thought of veganism as a “club” (I just view is as a clearly defined diet) you could say that people do view it as one—that is the only reason this discussion is happening in the first place. As I said before, the argument is between vegans and vegetarians wanting to be called vegans, but if you want to be vegan then stop eating one more food item—it’s as simple as that. And it honestly shouldn’t be a big deal anyway because this particular item is mostly (and probably sparingly) used as an indulgence anyway.

        I do believe that labeling food and talking about it factually is the only effective way in protecting animals, and also the only way to stop these debates from happening in the first place. Otherwise, it leads to vegans telling their friends they can eat honey and vegetarians saying they can eat fish, so then these new people switch over their diets (if it can even be called switching since they aren’t actually actually cutting out the things that they are supposed to) and these animals continue to be harmed because everyone thinks it’s ok to eat them and the stuff they make. Then we’ll announce, “oh by the way, these foods aren’t vegan or vegetarian so please stop eating them” and then there will just be another debate about it like this one.

        This false labeling also causes confusion amongst the people that are actually making our food. I shouldn’t have to go to restaurants and educate a server on what constitutes as vegan. Vegetarians (and even vegans, actually) shouldn’t have to continuously let people know that no, they don’t eat fish. This flexitarian mentality causes widespread confusion and that’s what actually needs to stop if we want to save animals.

        • Joyless_vegan

          I had a non-vegan say to me once when I was talking about veganism with him that he “draws the line at honey.” This was said as he was eating a lamb-burger. You are bang-on, Eric. Being “allowed” to eat honey ain’t gonna make non-vegans go vegan.

      • Joyless_vegan

        How is veganism a “club”?! It’s a word, with an actual meaning. It’s not a “club” and it’s not “elitist”. How can we be “effective” when people like you keep clouding the issues by focusing on stupid things like this?

        • Eric

          I’m not sure if this is directed towards me or Vegan Bros. I don’t think of veganism as a club. However, the people arguing that honey is vegan sure do. Most of the people in favour of calling honey vegan are people that probably do eat a majority of vegan food, but they want the title without giving up those last few indulgences. I just don’t believe that meat-eaters are a part of this conversation, so the point trying to be made in this video doesn’t feel valid to me.

          If vegans just stopped talking about honey or stopped provide the facts, then other “vegans” would keep eating honey and nothing would change and that is what’s actually causing harm to animals.

          • Joyless_vegan

            Definitely directed at Vegan Bros, not you. You are right in saying that the people arguing that honey is vegan sure do see veganism as a club and that meat-eaters are not likely part of that group. Even if they were, the points in the video would not be valid. Exploiting animals is either wrong or it’s not wrong. If it is, we can’t advocate for “some” exploitation for the sake of our own convenience or palate pleasure. And I agree that we can’t stop talking about honey or any other form of animal exploitation just because some people find it off-putting, annoying or inconvenient. When I said “focusing on stupid things like this”, I meant that the Vegan Bros are dredging up honey as some sort of issue and acting like it’s somehow lesser, rather than just focusing on advocating veganism, period.

          • Sandy Smith

            It is more likely that people take steps on their way to being vegan than to instantly “become vegan” at the snap of their fingers. So do you attack someone who has decided to become vegetarian or do you praise them for the change they’ve made, then mentor them in a kind way? Lead them into veganism! There are many steps along the way. If we demand immediate perfection, fewer people will take our road and more animals will suffer.

            Look in the mirror… how did you evolve? Do forget your own journey or the journey of other amazing advocates and messengers out there! GROW UP!!!!

            Thanks for opening this discussion, Vegan Bros!!!

          • Joyless_vegan

            Ah, the welfarist “baby steps”, “the world won’t go vegan overnight”, etc. Please stop right now. People will go vegan however they choose–I cannot control that. What I CAN control is what I advocate for–and that should never be for anything less than veganism. I am not demanding immediate perfection, whatever the hell that even means. We can never BE perfect vegans. But we can certainly do a lot better than eating honey when there is no need to. Your kind talks about “journeys” and all that crap–veganism is not a journey where the end is being vegan. It’s the first STEP on a journey. Yes, people will trip along the way, but we need to get them to START at being vegan. We need them to acknowledge that using animals is unjust, and we help them change, but we never, ever, ever advocate for anything less than veganism. Perhaps someday you and the Vegan-ish Bros will realize this and stop telling others it’s okay to exploit animals. When you make veganism all about someone’s “personal journey”, you make it about THEM and not about the animals they are killing. That is NOT okay.

          • Renee Toomey

            I have never once commented on a thread like this especially for the sake of disagreeing with someone but here it goes….

            First off, I’m someone who is transitioning into a vegan diet after about a year of careful consideration, research, and discussion to see if this is truly a lifestyle change I want to commit to. The “hold up” has really become more of a culturally-ingrained reason for me in that I was feeling excluded with my own family and my boyfriend whom I’ve lived with for three years now. I am the sole “meal prepper” and I almost felt selfish moving into veganism because it directly affected him and his own personal eating habits. Anyways, I have decided to make the transition because it truly does resonate with me from a compassionate perspective and also from the environmental perspective.

            That being said, I have been doing a lot of research on whether honey can be considered vegan or nonvegan and for me, personally, this WOULD be a determining factor on being labeled a true vegan. I cannot consume many sweeteners and sugars because of a digestive issue and I have always had success using honey as my main sweetener. I, of course, have read and seen many articles and videos on what is happening to bees everywhere (colony collapse) and I feel horrible seeing these images and reading these things. But, in the grand scheme of things, industrial farming in crop fields and the pesticides used are what are killing many of these bees. So, even the most vegan-y of the vegans is in part also contributing to colony collapse unless you’re only eating from your own garden and grains from a field you know the farmer personally and their ethics AND an orchard where NO bees are brought in and they just naturally go there. That has why I’ve resigned to eat as local as possible and from my backyard as much as I can, but there are still grocery items I need in which I don’t personally know what’s happening in the pollination realm there.

            I attended my very first Vegan/Vegetarian meet up on Tuesday and everyone was so welcoming and kind. Almost every single person I met applauded me on my transition and they each had their own means and ways of deciding to become vegan. Not one person made any negative comments to me on the things I still consume and am trying to cut out. I would have seriously reconsidered ever meeting or talking with that group of people again if ANYONE would have talked to me in the way joyless_vegan has been talking.

            I do not plan on cutting out honey. I do buy my honey from a person I know well though. I know it may not make me a “true” vegan, and there will be people who are upset with my choice, but you can’t tell me I am not helping to end suffering by following EVERY OTHER component in a vegan diet. That’s like me saying to my vegan friend who literally just eats packaged vegan meals that she’s not a true vegan because those frozen dinners are not as good as my fresh from the garden meals because hers had to be transported and who knows what had to die to get it to her grocery store.

            I truly understand that adopting a vegan lifestyle affects every part of your life from the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the make up/cosmetics you may use before going to work. I truly understand that becoming vegan means having compassion and respect for all sentient beings and trying to reduce the amount of suffering these other beings experience. And I want to be a part of that. I, however, am totally against people not showing compassion to other humans who are transitioning in their own way and are ending suffering of animals by taking the necessary steps that work for them at that time. Our common goal is to reduce suffering for EVERYONE. I don’t understand how forums like this get turned into a “who’s the better vegan?” or into this weird club feel. Why does there need to even be different labels? It is all so diminishing to the REAL cause.

          • Joyless_vegan

            ……….so you would turn your back on a matter of fundamental justice for animals because you didn’t like how I spoke to you? Seriously? Then you are not going vegan for animals, and the fact that you spoke to how you were waffling because of how standing up for animals might upset your boyfriend and how you felt “selfish”……..what if your boyfriend was misogynist? What if he discriminated against women because he felt entitled to use women’s bodies however he wanted to, and he felt that women are mere things who have no rights? That would anger you, yes? And you would stand up to that, regardless of how “excluded” it made you feel, because we do what is right even if others don’t “agree” with it and get “mad” at us.

            So why does that, in your mind, not hold true for animals too?

            It has nothing to do with how you are spoken to by vegans. I have met plenty of feminists I don’t like buy HEY STILL FEMINIST HERE because it’s what is right.

            If you shuck of veganism because of how someone speaks to you, you are not committed to animal rights to begin with.

          • Renee Toomey

            I would never turn my back on matter of fundamental justice for animals because of how “you” personally spoke. If I was going to a meeting like I had the other day for SUPPORT I would not return if I were being ATTACKED as you have done throughout this entire thread. It has nothing to do with continuing being vegan or not. You took it personally.

            I guess where I get confused most (and not just on this particular thread) is why everyone’s so hung up on LABELS??? Hipster. Flexitarian. Alpha Female. Vegan-ish. It literally doesn’t make any sense to me. Even if I continue to eat honey, I am still going to “label” myself as vegan for anyone who gives a shit. This is not something I will announce to people. I’m not wearing it as a badge to bring up every horrible thing that is happening in industrial farming. Of course, if people wanted to talk to me about it, I would be open to it. So, no, I guess I wouldn’t be a vegan from YOUR perspective JOYLESS because I won’t be going around shoving information down people’s throats and calling out all they’re working on/trying to change.

            As for selfish, that is what I’m talking about with how my transition is taking a while. I, of course, want to reduce my carbon foot print and see all living being treated with care and respect. I, also, realize I have MY life and how it DIRECTLY affects the person living in my household. Luckily, he is being very supportive and learning a lot along the way, too.

            As for the misogynist comment…I don’t know where that even comes from or how it is appropriate? So I won’t even entertain the idea.

            and as for “shucking off veganism” I am not doing that. All I said was if there was someone like you in the group, I don’t think I would return.

            Joyless sums up exactly how you must feel constantly that you actually sit and respond to every single thread on this post. I mean, who has time to spread so much negativity? Instead of replying rudely and coming up with weird anecdotal tales of “if [my] boyfriend were a misogynist….” why not say, “Hey, you know what? I’ve read some great articles on other plant based sweeteners that maybe you should try….”

            I imagine you sitting at home with a microwave reheated cup of coffee still in your PJs trolling the internet to spread your doctrine.

            BTW, Vegan Bros this is my first post of yours I’ve ever encountered and I’m excited to check out more from you guys as I make the transition to veganism!

          • Joyless_vegan

            It is utterly amazing how you missed every. single. point. Wow. You do you. But you aren’t vegan. Words mean things.

          • Renee Toomey

            Words can also mean absolutely nothing. You are arguing for the sake of arguing. If you were concerned with MY personal choice, maybe you would direct me to some other sources, facts, or literature to help me see from your perspective. In fact, I would totally welcome it and be appreciative.

            My whole point was that my transition is different, just like everyone else’s, and I also have my own set of health concerns and issues that I bring to the table just like everyone else. You couldn’t ask a Muslim to just start eating pork one day. Food is a very culturally ingrained thing and can be a hard thing to change if you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet for years and years.

            BTW, You win the “Most Vegan” Award.

          • Joyless_vegan

            Words mean everything. I am not a chair; I am a human being. I am not black; I am white. I am not a man; I am a woman. See? Words mean things. Vegan has a meaning, whether you like it or not. And veganism is NOT a “personal choice”. Personal choice is what color you like or how you wear your hair today. What books you read. What shows you watch. When you eat an animal, there is a victim. Your “choice” involves their victimization, making your “choice” decidedly NOT personal.

            Why would I ask a Muslim to eat pork, and what does that have to do with anything? Veganism is NOT a “transition” or “personal journey”. It’s not an end goal. You START with veganism. You make the decision that you want to end your participation in animal exploitation, and you do. You may make mistakes due to ignorance, but you START with the desire to be vegan. Being vegan is not something you “work toward”. That is a welfarist message and it doesn’t do anything for animals. It merely pacifies humans.

            People like to hide behind “culturally ingrained”. Sexism and racism are “culturally ingrained” too, but do we take “baby steps” and only tell racist or sexist jokes a few days a week? No. When you realize something is wrong, you do all you can to stop doing it.

            “BTW, You win the ‘Most Vegan’ Award”. What a stupid thing to say. You are either vegan or you are not. There are no degrees of veganism. Get over yourself.

          • Joyless_vegan

            Also, HONEY IS NOT VEGAN. Try any of the other sweeteners out there–your palate pleasure should not come before someone else’s right to live free of exploitation.

          • Renee Toomey

            If you would have thoroughly read and understood what I had written, I CANNOT use certain sweeteners because of digestion issues. It has nothing to do with taste.

          • Joyless_vegan

            I did read. Then go without. You CAN live without sweeteners. It is possible.

          • Joyless_vegan

            Our common goal is NOT to “reduce suffering”. Our goal, as real, actual vegans, is to stop animal exploitation. Not make others feel better for continuing to exploit animals, needlessly.

          • Renee Toomey

            I get that. Animal Exploitation = Animals suffering.

          • Joyless_vegan

            right, but we are not “reducing”. We are “eliminating”. The end goal is not “reduction”. The end goal is ABOLITION. It is not “strategy” to take “baby steps” because that just encourages and increases exploitation.

          • Renee Toomey

            Got it.

          • Joyless_vegan

            Unfortunately, you don’t “get it” and I doubt you ever will.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            Too judgmental, ignored.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            No intellectual content.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            Even longer, and still didn’t read.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            Much too long, didn’t read.

          • Joiya

            Joyless needs a life whatever you can do to save an animals life is important, we need to stick to the main point that our society is so fascinated with meat consumption that we trivialize “chicken legs” without a second thought. Honey or no honey…lets do what we can to slow down our consumption of animal products with the goal of saving lives. That’s what’s important not a strange cat lady ranting on social media.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            Joyless is a troll. Isn’t it clear by now? Probably the Vegan Bros, whose article I enjoyed, are posting as it just to stir up a “conversation” by playing devil’s advocate as polar opposite to their own, powerful points.

            LOL, hey it’s the internet!

        • Bill Kleinsturn

          Too long, didn’t read.

    • Katherine

      I think the definition of vegan needs to be reconsidered if it doesn’t include honey. Again, we’re “exploiting” insects every time we raise plants. There’s no avoiding killing a lot of them when food is harvested. It is a sad fact. And I’m not arguing this because I want to eat honey. I can’t eat honey and I still think the vegan community needs to be a bit more reasonable. If we really care about helping animals, we need to stop being unreasonable and hypocritical.

      • Bill Kleinsturn

        I agree with your points, except one when it comes to framing the narrative.

        There is no “vegan community.” There are just sad individuals like Joyless_vegan who make their own judgments and communicate (poorly) their own way.

  • Joyless_vegan

    ………oh, yay, more “vegans” insisting that *some* animal exploitation is okay. Fab. Why couldn’t you have taken the time you used to make this video to make a video that actually educates people that animal exploitation–in ALL its forms–is WRONG?

    • We understand your frustration. And we agree that animal exploitation in all its forms is wrong. But if we want to end all animal exploitation as soon as possible we can’t just do whatever we think. We need to be strategic and we need to look to what scientific research says, etc. The animals are counting on us.

      • Joyless_vegan

        ….what? “we agree that animal exploitation in all its forms is wrong” but we’re going to act like we’re okay with eating honey so we don’t come across as *extreme* to all those non-vegans. Number one, that’s hardly “strategic”, and number two, if it is somehow “strategic”, then I’d rather be clear and concise and uncompromising about what veganism is than to confuse the matter to non-vegans by being “strategic”. “The animals are counting on us.” Just not the bees, apparently.

        • What is more important to you?

          a. “Being clear and concise and uncompromising about what veganism is” even if it means there will be more suffering because of it


          b. doing what’s best in each situation to spare the most amount of suffering

          • Joyless_vegan

            What is more important? BEING CLEAR AND CONCISE AND UNEQUIVOCAL ABOUT WHAT VEGANISM IS. Otherwise, you are doing the animals a HUGE disservice by convoluting the message and indicating that some forms of animal exploitation are okay for the sake of human convenience. How can you not understand that?

          • Chester

            You are stupid. More animal suffering is not better than less suffering. You just lost all the merits of your argument to vanity.

          • Bill Kleinsturn


          • Sandy Smith

            YES! My beef (yes, I said that on purpose!) with “nazi vegans” is explained in what I love to say to them… “Do you want to make a point or do you want to save animals from suffering?” Basically my way of saying what you said above.
            Thanks for who you guy are! I LOVE you!!

          • Anna

            Anytime an ideology is driven by fear, it starts to lose its credibility. We should give people the benefit of the doubt & inform them without urgency, anxiety, or pressure. VeganBros offered one extreme approach in favor of the other extreme approach. We can stick to our guns without resorting to fanaticism. It’s simply about us still being approachable, but without sacrificing our convictions. How hard can that be? I’ve had success with this, I don’t understand how we’ve gotten so divided.

          • Joyless_vegan

            “sticking to our guns” is exactly what I am advocating, and look at what the response is: “fanaticism!” “Nazi!” “extremist!” “vanity!”. Literally ALL I am saying is that if we want people to go vegan, we advocate veganism, not some watered-down, honey-eating, horse-riding bullshit excuseitarian version of it. And I am labelled “extremist”. THAT is the problem with the “animal rights” movement today–asshole welfarists and baby-steppers.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            That may be the message you want to convey, but if you’d stop and see the feedback you’re getting then, clearly, it’s not what you’ve done. You can either learn from the experience or continue to beat your head on the wall, happy with each searing pain that you’re doing it for the greater good.

            In other words, you’re no different than a 13th Century Catholic monk.

            Like all elitists who think only their message is pure, and only their way is the “right” way, your communication and thinking skills leave no room for incremental achievements, let alone convincing others on the fence.

            We’re fine with our approach. This apoplexy is yours. Too bad. One day, perhaps, you’ll wake up and wonder what perceived benefit you get from repeating your failing approach with other people all the time. Then you might get that less pain is better than more pain–for any animal, even you.

            And there’s a wider issue: Why “joyless” vegan as your moniker? Out of the gate, you’re conveying what? Yeah. That. Great sales pitch! lol

            Or, you’re just a troll. Either way, I’m done with you.

          • Bill Kleinsturn

            Totalitarians on both the Left and the Right never see an accommodating middle, nor are they patient with transition periods.

            I remember a year ago when Chris Christie (whom I abhor) stated that he’d sign legislation that legalized gay marriage in New Jersey, even though he personally did not agree with it; he said he would do it, and did, because he realized the people of NJ differed with him on the subject.

            The next day on her radio show, Rachel Maddow excoriated Christie for not being a “true believer.” You see, with all these totalitarian types, it’s not enough just to do the right thing, wholly or even incrementally. If you’re not “pure” (by their standards), you’re the enemy.

      • Anna

        All of this is based on the implication that people think not eating honey is extreme. And most aren’t, they are actually curious to hear the reasoning. And that’s a beautiful thing, that people are now open to discussion rather than shutting us out completely. Also, people once thought not eating dairy or eggs was extreme, but that didn’t stop us from informing them did it? And to be honest, we’ve made such headway with opening the panels for questioning that we don’t have to live in fear anymore of backlash. Sure it’ll be there if we use the wrong approach, but my experience has been fairly positive. People even thank me for being eloquent and “not so self-righteous as others have been”. It’s important to be a good example of the compassion we live by. It seems almost manipulative to give a portion of the truth. Why even mention honey at all? Why not get straight to the concept of exploitation in a general sense? If we do that, they’ll soon make the connection on their own. But don’t intentionally avoid the subject out of fear. Anytime an ideology is driven by fear, it starts to lose its credibility. We should give people the benefit of the doubt & inform them without urgency, anxiety, or pressure. VeganBros offered one extreme approach in favor of the other extreme approach. We can stick to our guns without resorting to fanaticism. It’s simply about us still being approachable, but without sacrificing our convictions. How hard can that be? I’ve had success with this, I don’t understand how we’ve gotten so divided

    • Katherine

      I’m sorry, but we have to “exploit” insects all the time to raise the food we vegans eat. That is just a fact. I appreciate that you care so much about animal exploitation, but I think your concern about honey is misplaced and part of the problem with how vegans are perceived.

  • Kim Frazee

    I would much rather have you talk about if,bees are hurt or helped being raised and honey harvested, instead.

  • Athonwy Doherty

    I disagree. You could apply this logic to any aspect of veganism. “Don’t talk about bone char sugar, you make us look crazy.” “Don’t talk about isinglas, you make us look crazy.” “Don’t talk about riding horses, you make…” Etc.

    I’m a Vegan, and I keep bees. You know what I take from those bees? Not a damn thing.

    Sorry vegan bro’s, you are dead wrong on this one.

  • April Ballister

    As a bee keeper, whose only hives were obtained by bringing a hive/colony home because the bees were going to be sprayed and destroyed by the home owner if I did not do a “live bee rescue”, I do not think the bees would mind if once a year they are asked to share SOME of their honey. I plant bee friendly plants. I keep the wax moth and ants out of their hives (wax moth and ants can wipe out a hive). I do not kill the drones, I do not medicate or feed fake food (soy patties) to my bees- they are very healthy and have a great immune system. If anything, my bees help strengthen the colonies that are created by the hives I have saved. The honey is never heated and so it is a very beneficial, living food and can be a symbiotic relationship.

  • xuinkrbin

    Hi, Guys. While I understand what You are saying, My objection to honey is the fact it is often cheaper (and therefore incentivized) for the honey Farmer to kill the colony each fall and replace it each spring instead of maintaining it through the winter. Change that practice and I might reconsider.

    • mike b

      European honey bees

  • Bee Free Honee

    All I am saying is that I created Bee Free Honee (“honey” made from apples), in part to help save the bees and to reduce production demand so the bees can catch a break (dare I say, help save them?). In our demos education about our pollinators is a primary focus. So thank you for considering these beautiful guys. I love bees! But…Bee Free Honee is vegan, so everyone can stop arguing now…that is the added benefit. 🙂

  • Arlo Toews

    I think it’s important to bring up honey. Firstly, if they decide not to go vegan because they have the whole truth they likely were not going to go vegan anyhow and would find some other excuse.
    I don’t hear many people talking about the very distructive Impact bee keeping has on our ecosystem. A little bee 101 for those not in the know. Bees used by humans not native to where they are being introduced negatively effect the native pollinators and reduce their numbers as they are typically much more aggressive then the natives. As the populations of native pollinators decrease we become dependent on the bee keepers non-native species of bees. Which further agrivates this problem and severely impacts the natural ecosystem in this respective area. Bee keeping is only a small issue to us if we are stuck in our conditioning that does value how important their lives are to themselves and to our natural environment.

  • Amy

    Every time someone decides to consume fewer animal products should be considered a win. Being supportive of someone who may be curious about eating a vegan diet or about cutting out animal products for even a meal every week creates less demand for animal products. So someone eating vegan 95% of time…Hell Yeah! No need to make others feel morally deficient or like an asshole because they drink a glass of milk or have a wedge of cheese one Friday. Preaching perfectionism and moral superiority doesn’t make people want to eat fewer animals…it makes people want to tell you to Fuck Off.

  • philly.veg.recovers

    So, not sure if any of the people involved in this discussion are even still checking these posts, but just as a general response to the whole “95% vegan” thing… well, yeah. I consider myself “veg” meaning that I mostly eat vegan, but at times when I am eating with my family or the only food in the house is my family’s groceries or I am at a restaurant… I make some decisions I would rather not. I am recovering from a severe eating disorder, and becoming vegan has made it possible for me to love my food decisions as I know they are helping others! But, I am recovering from a severe eating disorder, so any form of restrictive eating can turn into a relapse. If my only options are “eat something with honey (OR milk/egg)” (happened this morning) or “don’t eat until dinner”, you bet your ass I am going to eat that cereal because if I want to keep this fight going for – not just for my life but the lives of all of the critters on this planet, I need to be alive and well, and not look like I will collapse at any moment from malnutrition. How does that make people want to join the cause?

    Do I think eating honey is bee exploitation? YES! Am I going to feel guilty for eating it in a situation where it is “Food with honey” or “No food”? NO! I need to nourish my body and feel NO SHAME for the food I put into it.

    For me, this lifestyle is about minimizing negative impact on all of the lives on this planet. From the conversations below, it seems like some people think “0% vegan” and “95% vegan” are the same thing…. Well, consider the wide variety of situations people are in. If someone is able to cut out 95% of animal products, REJOICE WITH THEM! Grow up and don’t argue with them over semantics, it is really unbecoming.

  • John W Beck

    Honey is not vegan – fine, great, fanfuckingtastic some people will go vegan EXCEPT they’ll keep sucking down that sweet, pre-digested bee vomit. More power to them, I guess. They’re not vegan. I guess I am not either, as I do sometimes eat things (like commercial bread from Trader Joe’s) that has honey in it. I do not buy honey and use it otherwise – maple syrup, agave syrup, raw sugar, fruit juice concentrates, there are LOTS of sweet things to use instead off honey – but honey is not vegan. Guess I should stop being a lazy piece of shit and not eat bread that could be vegan aside from the bee vomit.

  • Karen Hart

    Honey is the same as milk. It is food intended for the infant that is ‘stolen’ for human consumption.

  • Vegan Fluff

    “We need to be strategic and we need to look to what scientific research says, etc.” Please state your “scientific research” resources for your viewers to evaluate. Thank you!

  • Roswalien

    These comments are exactly the reason I do not say I’m vegan or vegetarian. I’m a “conscious eater”. If I have 1 egg every six months because I’m in a vegan desert and will annoy the crap out of those I’m with if I don’t eat then I’m no longer vegan. If a well meaning family member buys me veggie burger for a cookout by accident I am supposed to refuse the food and insult the effort she made because those burgers just aren’t good enough. You don’t make friends (or vegans) by being an asshat. She bought those burgers with the intention of eating them too. What kind of message would I have sent if I denied her effort. She made a vegetarian meal (even the sides!) and I practically threw her a parade. Seriously. I made the biggest deal out of her effort ever – think kid went potty in the toilet for the first time level excitement.

    I am eating at her house again this weekend and guess what? She made sure the got vegan burgers this time and everyone is eating them. Had I thrown a fit she would have made beef burgers and I would not have been invited. So, to answer the question at hand, honey is vegan, but, if that is the sticking point, who gives a shit? I would rather save the 100 animals a year and they still eat honey then save no animals and they still eat honey. Baby steps people. Once they give up the other stuff, if you really care, you can star gentle conversations (not lectures) about bees and honey.

    I started as a ovo-vegetarian (no milk). Then I stopped eating eggs. Then I stopped eating honey. It took me six months. I may not have done it if I was surrounded by asshats who kept telling me that I am not doing enough. I still eat the occasional piece of bread and that makes me not vegan and that’s okay. I still eat thing that have sugar and dye in them and that’s okay. I have saved about 25 animals since I started this in December and I feel great about it. Eating a little egg in my bread on my otherwise vegan sandwich isn’t going to change that. Vegan purity is getting animals killed.

    • jmv1853

      How do you calculate how many animals you save??? That seems very powerful…as I am almost all vegan (not going to get into the honey discussion…which is what brought me to this site in the first place), and would love to have some idea how many animals I save…it would help with not feeling so sad and discouraged by all the carnivores around me…esp with “turkey day” coming…and all the “turkey drives”…as though not having turkey to eat is somehow going to make people starve???

      • discus

        Newsflash: you’re not saving any animals by being vegan. You’re just ensuring that more meat goes to waste and gets thrown out while the price of it gets higher and higher. I know a family with five children who currently can’t afford meat and are being forced into veganism against their will. I can guarantee they can’t afford quinoa or a lot of the high-protein foods and all the supplements you folks eat to compensate for lack of meat, either…so those kids will eventually become malnourished and sickly without outside help. In your blind push to save those precious animals and cause huge imbalances in the food chain, you don’t even consider the negative social and economic impacts your diet has on other human beings.

        That’s why vegans piss me off; the hypocrisy just dumbfounds me.

        • (caseydilla1809)

          I totally feel for the family and don’t intend to dismiss your comment, but rice and beans are very cheap and a complete protein. Veganism isn’t expensive, but tasty extra fancy products are. Nutrition is something a lot of people THINK they understand because “i’ve been eating food my whole life”. If the family needs help, they could go to a library computer and learn about how to eat cheap vegan food for free.

          Obviously, as a vegan myself it makes me sad when people say that vegans are dumb or whatever.

          If you have time, watch the documentary Cowspiracy – it’s about what you think veganism is doing to hurt society, but its actually doing the opposite.

          Well wishes and I hope any bitterness in your heart goes away because at the end of the day, anger is a wasted emotion.

        • JB

          You don’t need meat to live a healthy life. Contrary to what mainstream media feeds society, meat and other animal products cause more harm than good to your body. You seem to be unaware of the science of nutrition and a plant based diet. I recommend you look into it, it might help you understand more why people choose not to eat animals, from a purely nutritional perspective. “How Not To Die” by Micheal Greger is a great, comprehensive book on it.

  • Rebecca

    I am a newborn vegan… as in I just decided last night to become Vegan. I saw a video on PETA’s website that showed horrible abuse to those poor farm animals. The importance of this is, just the other DAY, I was a meat-lover… I used to joke how I wanted to go on an all-meat diet, and I even tried it for a month or two! Now, I am making the Vegan choice because I had no idea that these animals are abused to this extent. I think some of you Vegans on this comment forum are losing sight of the Vegan purpose. These Bros are not wrong in their statements, and to me it seems as if they throw a lot of sarcasm and satire into their videos (which is witty and original if you ask me). Stop acting as though being a Vegan makes you better than those who eat meat.. its really almost as disturbing as the animal abuse? Just because a person wants to eat honey for a while until they get accommodated to the Vegan lifestyle does not mean that they don’t deserve to be a Vegan. The point is to stop the abuse, we are allowed to use nature to survive, so let’s not walk on egg shells over every little practicality. Be proud that you are educated and Vegan, but use this knowledge to educate others with compassion. LIKE DAMN PEOPLE.

    • Bill Kleinsturn

      PETA?! LMAO!!!!!!

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  • Greg Stevens

    Nope. I don’t change my beliefs to cater to their reception when expressed to an audience. Just don’t eat honey. Don’t bitch to people about whether it’s vegan or not. Most people can’t remember if milk is a vegan menu option.

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  • Violeta Vegana

    fuck you. vegans don’t eat honey, NOR DO THEY CONDONE USING ANIMALS. you are NOT in touch with reality screwballs.. bringing honey into the discussion causes people to continue eating cows, chickens and pigs, etc??? ZERO LOGIC FOR ZERO BRAIN CELLED IDIOTS.

  • Mark

    Banging on about honey being vegan is likely to piss people off, I agree. For that reason I don’t do it, but an unexpected thing happened to me when I went vegan: every time I am faced with a choice about whether or not to ingest something that resulted in animal pain and suffering, I SEE the pain and suffering. Honestly, sometimes I feel like John fucking Coffey!! So for me, it’s about personal choices, it’s as simple as that. I choose to avoid anything that resulted in pain and suffering, it’s called compassion. Then every meal is a triumph!

    If people are curious about my choices, then I tell them without reference to their own choices (most of the time they aren’t aware they are even making a ‘choice’, because, that’s how the fucked up world is), because pushing people’s buttons, and them getting on the defensive obliterates the golden opportunity you have which just might help them think for themselves. It’s called guided discovery. If it’s done badly, you look like a pain in the arse clever-dick, but if it’s done well, you could well help someone to open their eyes, and to discover their own inherent compassion.

    Keep up the good work boys!

  • Bob Ruggeri

    First time commenting on your site. The ALL or NOTHING philosophy does more damage than good in promoting a vegan lifestyle. As vegans we have a responsibility in promoting the lifestyle and allow non vegans to see that its OK to live this way.

  • Katherine

    Bravo! The fact is that vegans eschew honey because a a small group of people decided it wasn’t vegan. Then, ecause people love defining themselves with labels (vegan), a lot of the vegan community just mindlessly nod their heads and equate honey to drinking “insect milk.”

    You make a great point by reminding us that a lot of insects are killed when harvesting and growing our vegan food. Ideally, that wouldn’t happen, but even with organic growing techniques, you still have to deal with so-called “pests.” Let’s get real people. We really should be trying to get people to at least eat less meat, not making ourselves look like wackos. And this is coming from a vegan who couldn’t even eat honey before going vegan.

  • Fursty Ferret

    Guys, you can’t change the literal meaning of words to better suit your cause. Unless you’re Christian, of course.

  • FYI, a Langstroth bee hive is based a scientific formula using the “bee space” measurement as a template. google it. share the knowledge, whether you agree or not.

  • Jen Durant

    Well I’m new to veganism and I have to say before I even thought about honey, it seems against what being a vegan stands for. Unless – you are choosing to be a vegan for reasons other than compassion for the exploration of animals and insects (which is most of the reason why I’ve chosen this path).
    I think people who may be less concerned about animals and more concerned about health may not understand why substituting say, agave for honey is a better option (for the animal kingdom).
    It would be lovely if everyone lived by the path of compassion but sadly this isn’t going to happen.
    So what do I think? I think people should make up their own minds and own their decision. My opinion is that honey is not vegan but if I chose to eat it – then that is my choice and I’ll have to live with the possible consequences and maybe guilt too.

  • TPD

    So. Unlike milk, honey is a natural by product of bees. And Bees like making honey. Bees are vital to human and animal survival due to pollenation. Eating honey creates a demand for it. It creates a market for people to farm and harvest more bees, to create more honey. If no one ate honey, there would be fewer bees. And at their current rate hives are dying, and without human greed to ensure their survival who knows how long we’d live. So if you really care about animals, and the future of all species, and the flurshing of the bee population…eat the honey.

  • Nikki Saville

    Benefits of honey:
    Can promote small-scale, local, fairtrade, sustainable businesses
    Can buy local, no food miles
    Promote local pollination of food stuffs and wild plants (and these small businesses may promote/provide wildflower meadows etc that are good for all pollinators such as bumblebees)

    Shipped halfway around the world
    Industry built on human slavery and exploitation (although you can buy fairtrade)

    For me, drawing lines in the sand without taking into consideration the nuances of ethics is silly and frustrating!

  • Nikki Saville

    Also people are missing the point of this video. Shouting people down for ‘not doing enough’ to protect animals and the environment doesn’t help.
    Going from eating meat (or dairy, eggs, etc) twice a day to twice a week is a bigger difference than from twice a week to never. If you really want to see lasting social change encourage people to feel they can make those steps, and applaud them when they do.

  • Alex Marriott

    Wrong thx bye

  • coraline

    the main reason I’m in the process of turning vegan (the reason why I’m not exactly one right now is because I live a my parents house and they’re omnivores) is to reduce my greenprint.
    we actually should eat honey (and especially local, small industries’ honey) for our planet’s sake. because of the massive deforestiation and use of insecticides, the world’s bees population has decreased. studies have shown that the whole world needs pollenising insects (such as bees) to keep plants and cultures of all sorts growing. by bying honey, you’re increasing it’s demand and helping new hives to be inplanted and thus increase the bees population.
    concuming honey is good for the planet.

  • Samantha Blue

    I think you guys have a valid point; telling people everything that isn’t vegan isn’t going to help. But that doesn’t mean vegans should compromise their morals and say things ‘are’ vegan when they actually aren’t. An alternative to your proposal is to show non-vegans what is vegan – show them the positives rather than the negatives. That way there is no compromising of morals.
    Also I get that bees are used in agriculture etc but for me I feel that I want to do the least damage I possibly can, but each to their own. If it works for some people, then great! Just don’t put off others because it confuses them on what being vegan actually means.

  • Danielle Elizabeth Yuhas

    Technically no one is %100 vegan. We build a house, walk outside, ride a bike etc we kill bugs. You need a medication to save your life? Not vegan. If you really want to have hone you can have your own bee hives and only take the overflow honey they won’t use. If you just do the best you can that’s what really matters. 🙂

  • Joiya

    I like the idea of not alienating people who eat fried chicken legs, if we really want to make a change we need to teach what’s right (not eating chicken legs, or any legs for that matter) without alienating people and hoping we make an impact through education and lifestyle. My whole family of 4 is vegan and we do what we can in our small Berkeley, CA city to help spread the vegan lifestyle to the chicken leg lovers of the world. Being a true vegan means to love all living creatures.

  • Veganisforlovers

    Agreed. Priorities. Honey is a tiny issue in comparison to meat/dairy/eggs, and I’d rather have a honey-consuming vegan than a carnivore any fucking day of the week.

    It’s all ’bout those baby steps, props dudes.

  • Jason

    I say, treat it like you would an allergy. If you were with friends and one of them ordered something you were allergic to, it’s fine to not mention it. There is a place and time to make a stink, but in the middle of dinner, with friends, is not the place/time. That said; if that person then asks you to “try this”, you can then mention that and why, you don’t consume honey.

    I don’t eat it, nor do I eat eggs, or drink milk, but I am not morally opposed to it, either. If someone has a goats and those goats are treated like family and one just happens to be producing more milk than her kid will drink, by all means, use it. The same goes with eggs, provided you have no rooster and your chickens are healthy/happy, eat an egg. So, I feel the same about honey, if your bees are producing far more honey than they can eat, take a little. Where I oppose it, is when it’s commercial and the animals are essentially slaves for humans and are treated inhumanely.

  • Kim Huey

    I gotta say, to be different and well informed, some vegans are avoiding high concentrations of pollutants which animals and insects collect…even algae collects high concentrations of chemical waste, which is why it is wise to eat chlorella grown in tanks. AND being nice to animals…but being vegan is also smart like that.

  • Robin Merritt

    You guys are amazing! I don’t consume honey myself and it’s usually not the first thing people ask when they have questions about what I eat. (That was a long sentence…. oh well. Internet. Yeah.) I totally understand where you guys are coming from. Keep it up!

  • tall poppy

    What about the humans exploited in harvesting fruits and vegetables….? if you are truly vegan, you need to stand with your mouth open and wait for random fruits and vegetables to fall into it. THAT is truly vegan. I wish you luck in your survival strategy.

    • mike b

      It can feel frustrating in finding the answers to discovering the foods one needs to eat to be completely healthier and stronger than “meat eaters”.

      Don’t give up! It’s out there!

  • The Suricate

    well it would be a huge progress already if at least people where vegetarians, for the planet, animals….
    but whining about eating honey?…vegans are crazy I say :’)

    • mike b

      It’s a discussion about damaging the Eco system. Vegans are not at all crazy but very special

      FUI: Factory dairy farming is worse. :/

  • mike b

    Great point!

  • purple_potion

    Was that a smart watch he’s wearing?? ..Built by sum poor, under aged, kid forced into hard labor in sum illegal overseas sweatshop?? Sumhow, supporting that seems way less vegan than eating honey!! Wake up people!! Simply being ALIVE contradicts Vegan principles.. it’s a completely ridiculous concept!! “Vegans”, if u haven’t killed yourself yet.. you’re causing avoidable harm to other creatures in some form or fashion (be it to insects, bacteria, or other micro organisms) and therefore, are not vegan. You people knowingly feast on bugs, while others choose to eat chicken legs. If you truly view all living creatures as equal, there is no difference here, so stop judging people simply because they choose to eat bigger animals than you do!!

    • mike b

      I don’t think it’s a matter of judging..
      Accidental bug eating to justify intentionally killing animals , is what you said.

      You do feel bad , or maybe you’re a sadist?

      The plant life as food is out there!, to be healthier and stronger . It’s a beautiful thing!

      Don’t feel judged , just because of the lack of knowledge.

      There is no reason or benefit from eating other animals.

      Start with looking at vitamins and minerals to build on.

  • Landon

    Great video mother fuckers.

  • pulpman88

    Honey yes or not:

    Jeez guys, how hard can that be?

    -IF you call your self a vegan for moral reasons, then yes, you’re awsome, you’re better than me (I guess) and by such contest, honey is not vegan.
    – If you are a sociopath or simply weren’t born a vegan like me, and therefore you lack in sensitiviity and you simply decided to turn vegan after you came across scientific material from Campbell (China Study) or Valdo Vaccaro ( Italian eating Guru) then yup:

    What? Why? :
    because it has not animal cells, that’s why!!! so eating that won’t feed your cancers cells.

    Stop trying to push on people common sense like their have any, people adapt to the mass ideology? renowed everyday by massmedia, good luck. Psichology doesn’t like exeption I’m afraid.

    You wanna make hem think? hit them were they care the most, their own body and their families. You can do all the cheesy riots you want my friends but just in case you wanna convert hem :

    1 Let them aknowledge their have been eating poison since their day one and please don’t play “the vegan”.

    2 work your ass off and get some cooking skill to show them how good and various we eat; how good we feel, and how finally we get to taste the true flavours of food (and look at their disgusted faces when they taste meat or fish after months with their new palate).

    3 stop hiding behind your good will as excuse for not taking care of yourself: Look at you. You are stressed, skinny and weak. Is this what you want not-vegan to think of ya? You wanna save the cows? you need to convert people showing them you understand, not to repulse them boasting on how superior (therefore far away) you are.
    To convert them you need to start from your ass. From now on you’ll have to be in great shape. Eating a balanced variety of the seven main types of veggies and doing some basic daily exercise. This is what a clever vegan do. Not playing donquishotte.

    ” But while we’re talking they beast suffer!!”. Well, I know, the society is 120% fucked up, so what?this is the shortest cut and it doesn’t involve any moral compromise. It’s actually about putting values on what you do!

    So focus on the results and less on the means, you might actually enjoy the ride, change a lot of mind that won’t touch meat again and .who knows, even help us out to get google image rid of deserved vegans jokes meme.

  • Elenor Shamie

    Ya know…I wish there were totally acceptable and supported levels of veganism instead of more arguing the different sides and breeding more negativity 😔 I’ve been a vegitarian over 10 years and recently went vegan due to some horrible reality I allowed myself to be blind to. Since then I’ve been searching for a cool discussion group where everyone is curious and willing to share knowledge in a way that isn’t rude and insulting to the other person.
    I eat honey and keep bees…
    I think loving and becoming one with a horse is a beautiful thing…nothing uve ever done but one day I fully intend to add a horse to my family
    I will be getting some chickens soon (as pets, they will spend their unproductive 15years retiring with me) and I intend to eat their eggs. I’m aware of bee vomit and chicken periods and that doesn’t gross me out…I will be around meat and not be grossed out…yet at the same time when see road kill I feel my heart twist at the sadness of people just driving by and not caring one but about that little soul that was just there…
    for me it’s more of a head trip to look at everyone else and see the total disconnect between the infinite suffering that goes into animal foods and products…if people are so desensitized to human suffering…all the violence against each other…it is no surprise people don’t see the perfection and innocence of nature…i hear the jokes directed at me 😊 but you know what, my chill and knowledge bent attitude is more inviting than defensiveness and judgment…

  • Tim Ruiz

    The problem with that logic is then that milk would be vegan, cheese would be vegan, butter would vegan, and then where does it end. I understand your concern, but it is serilously misplaced. Also, do you know how honey is actually made by the bees? They consume nectar and as it goes through their “digestive” system, the excess is turned into honey and excreted. That is an animal product by any definition of the word. I would suggest that the two of you change your handle to Vegetarian Bros. and then problem solved.

  • Colin Williams

    In that case let’s all start drinking milk, eating cheese and go vegetarian instead, we’ll “convert” more omnivores and save more pigs.

    If you’re ok with being smoked out of your home and having your food stores raided then enjoy your honey and go vegetarian.

  • honey is NOT vegan, never was

    Donald Watson who coined the word ‘vegan’ in 1944 explicitly stated that honey is NOT vegan. So why the hell are people arguing if it is vegan or not?

    The following is an excerpt from the article WHY HONEY IS NOT VEGAN AND HAS NEVER BEEN VEGAN by the facebook page THE BLOODY DAIRY INDUSTRY.

    On August 11, 2004, during an interview with an organization called “Vegetarians in Paradise,” Watson (94 years old at the time) mentioned that he and his vegan friends debated FOR A LONG TIME and MORE THAN ONCE whether or not honey is vegan. He said,

    “I know as a propagandist that many people do not argue to reach right conclusions but to defend their interests and religious shibboleths. We did not need a committee of such people. Of course, we did not always agree on everything. We argued for a long time about whether members should sign a pledge before deciding against it. We also debated FOR A LONG TIME about the case of honey but AGAIN decided AGAINST it.”

    Watson’s respect for animals of any size did not stop at bees. He also used a fork rather than a spade in his gardening to avoid killing worms and said silk, which comes from the bodies of silkworms just as honey comes from the bodies of bees, is NOT vegan, either.

    So if you consume honey or use products that contain honey or its derivatives such as beeswax, royal jelly, you’re simply NOT vegan. This is a FACT that is not open to debate or discussion.

  • DW

    Your argument also supports eating mice/gophers/foxes/rabbits.


    The cashier at Trader Joe’s asked me why honey wasn’t vegan. I told him because the global bee population is in decline and when honey is removed for industry, bees are given sugar water in its place. I said, that this was detrimental to the bee colonies, and that we really didn’t really need or benefit from it, whereas bees actually thrive on it. I also mentioned that as humans we do thrive on plant foods, such as the ones pollinated by bees and other pollinators and that it made sense to give up honey, rather than the dozens upon dozens of plant foods we would potentially be losing if the bees were gone.

  • BrokeGopher

    Bros, it’s not just the honey thing that makes Vegans sound crazy.

  • Danny Hammer

    some of the things used to fertilize the soil is definately non vegan

  • Danny Hammer

    wait! we need bees to pollinate most all of our plants

  • Danny Hammer

    think bees are one of or the most essential animal to keep our eco system alive

  • Deanna Carmela Rideout

    Here’s my opinion on it. I eat honey and I DO consider myself Vegan. I’m vegan for animal rights, environmental and health reasons. First off although I agree there is minimal adverse effects to bees from bee farming the benefits at this point in time in comparison far out weight them. With the mass drops in bee populations throughout the world with the absence of bee farms the loss of bee populations would be absolutely devastating. I’m talking catastrophic extinction level devastation not just too the bees but to humans and basically almost every land dwelling animal on the planet and several plants. Furthermore healthwise honey is one of the healthiest sweeteners and a far far better choice as a topical medical and beauty treatment than most products on the market both for you and the environment. Supporting bee farms is humane because of current CIRCUMSTANCES. Blindly refusing to eat honey because it comes from an animal as a vegan is counterproductive. Whenever a vegan gets mad at someone for consuming honey, I tell them if you really want to make a difference direct your anger at Monsanto not a person who’s wants a reasonable sweet treat.

  • Kevin Michael Mollenhauer

    Ok. I love this video because people need to hear the logic! Great politicians, revolutionaries and thinkers who have effected change on a massive scale have done it by bridging the gap between the extremes in ideology. The extremes here are “zero animal products up to and including honey”, as compared to “I eat animals at EVERY meal, and the idea of not doing so is unnatural and disgusting. This is how we are, we eat animals!”. Two very extreme ideologies. In order to move forward together, we need what is called a CRITICAL MASS EFFORT. When a critical mass of people collectively do something for the common good, it tips the scales towards positive change.

    Realize, people, that in most of our DNA it is coded that we eat animals. Thousands of years we have eaten them, and I’m sorry, but you cannot easily change most peoples’ hearts and minds when their biology is screaming at them that “you must survive…kill to survive, eat flesh!” It is crazy to think that you can change that primal desire overnight, and it is counterproductive to spend time angry at those who won’t and or can’t go without meat during this lifetime. IT’S GOING TO BE OK. I personally ate burgers 2 months ago, even though I felt it was wrong (I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, and pescetarian trying to combat this meat addiction multiple times usually for a period of months). I am very proud and happy with my progress going back to a vegetarian (yes vegetarian, not completely vegan) diet. And you should be proud of me too! And proud and happy for anyone trying to adhere to a compassionate diet…because this is PROGRESS. Progress that can get us to the critical mass we need to overturn climate change and improve all life on the planet. We must be patient, grateful, and humble in these times. The more love and support you show for people who are even taking two or three days out of the week to eat vegetarian, the more encouraged they will be. And if you want to be an actually effective leader, then you must understand those you are trying to lead…and I’m sorry, but most people are not ready for veganism. Not even close. Love and support those who are making an effort, and let go of the negative emotions you have for those who aren’t…its not worth it! I recommend the book “Meat Hooked” by Marta Zaraska, where she explores our obsession with meat eating. Be blessed and bridge that gap, people!

  • Denise Carter

    i’m vegan for my health not for the fucking animals, honey is better for me than refined sugars,so i eat it. it contains no animal protein therefore its vegan………..END OF REPORT!!!!!!

  • Kristopher Williams

    I dont see u guys complaining about the houses u live in or ur friends and family for all the wild life that was destroyed and killed to make those homes, the clothes u wear, ur products that u use…vegans and most ppl r just a bunch of hypocrits… Its ok here but, not there…ur using a device that records and do u have ne idea what takes place for the materials to make that device or over time what we’ve done to the environment to evolve our devices to create that one u use….plz tell me again how u care so, much and how ur better than ne one else…

  • 61Pho

    agree you guys are awesome…

  • Daniela Alcaraz

    All animal products contain cholesterol, but honey doesn’t. What does that mean?

  • Aaron Lehman

    This is absolutely ridiculous. The population of bees is plummeting, and they are essential for plant growth. The best way to keep their species thriving is to make it economically feasible for people to grow and house bees, which cross pollinate a large swath of the region around them. How better to do this than harvest their all natural honey for monetary gain? This is one of the best mutualistic relationships in nature: Humans profit from the bees’ honey, they get to enjoy the delicious honey, the plant life profits from the bees pollination, and the bees profit by having a sanctuary that’s highly conducive to their decimated species’ reproduction. Are you seriously worried about hurting the bees feelings for taking the honey they worked so hard for? That’s literally the definition of delusional. Veganism has gone off the deep end. Pragmatism over principles people.

  • Zoe West

    Treat all living things with kindness. They are not treated kindly, We are steeling the bees food for winter therefore bees are dying, bees are an endangered species and do so much for the environment. Personally I don’t believe we should be eating honey, vegan, vegetarian or none vegan/vegetarian but that is my personal opinion

  • Owen Einarson

    The amount of different sweeteners available to the general public is insane and the only reason we see honey is that people who make it be it corporate or small based home business they can charge a lot for it and people still buy it the whole supply and demand is huge nothing on the market can give the unique flavor of bee vomit strange but that is what your consuming. Sadly it is also in a lot of processed foods making finding vegan alternatives even harder which sucks. Do not get me wrong before becoming vegan and also being a chef honey is awesome and very versatile however realizing the reality of taking an animals food source is just wrong when we have alternatives. We as society just need to stop fueling the animal exploitation of this world use products that do not harm any animals agave, stevia, raw sugar, sugar cane, Splenda, etc.

  • Charles Robertson

    Can we get back to the original point.

    Collecting honey does not harm bees, if ONLY the surplus is collected. If the surplus was not collected it can cause swarming [over population] in the hive.
    A good, responsible bee keeper, will always leave enough honey in the hive, for the bees’ requirements, otherwise they would die, over the Winter.
    Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months
    of winter when flowers aren’t blooming and therefore little or no
    nectar is available to them. European honey bees, genus Apis
    Mellifera, produce such an abundance of honey, far more than the hive
    can eat, that humans can harvest the excess.

  • Sandy Hicks

    Its about intention. If I intentionally buy or harvest honey – its cruel. If I am doing my best to be a conscious compassionate eater and eat vegan (even though there may be bugs, insects etc killed in the processing of plants) my intention is not to harm these bugs, its to NOT support “animal farms” whether it be cows, bees pigs etc.

  • Tina Kingsley

    err you 2 are stupid, honey is not bee vomit “The bees collects the nectar from flowers (a plant) using its long proboscis and store it in its special stomach or honey stomach separate from its true stomach for digestion. when he uses the honey he basically just spits it out so to speak it is just honey not vomit no spit and bees are not killed in the process intentionally tho sometimes bees can be killed accidentally but then again we can step on a bee and kill it unintentionally. and as for eggs and dairy the not all dairy farms and egg farms kill there animals when they don’t produce to there liking and so this is just a bs reason not to eat eggs and dairy and honey and for that matter i don’t know how people can justify eating vegan to save an animals life but are okay with killing plants which are living things as well.

  • kat

    Do people really think insects have feelings? Theyre like tiny robots.

  • GG

    Putting aside ethical reasons other people give to why honey IS NOT vegan, it is also NOT vegan by definition. Bees swallow the flower pollen and then sort of puke it back. By definition THIS IS AN ANIMAL PRODUCT BECAUSE THE BEES FORM IT INSIDE THEM AND THE FINAL PRODUCT CONTAINS BEE SECRETION WHICH IS A PRODUCT DERIVED DIRECTLY FROM ANIMALS. Stop trying to make videos and posts with wrong information because you wrongly inform the ignorant, of this matter, people!

  • dwiktor

    What about crops that use commercial bees for pollination? Should one avoid them, is it possible?

  • Lee Thomas

    Ignoring honey doesn’t change it’s vegan status. Something is either vegan or not. Redefining vegan – that changes everything. Extreme definitions would have you die of malnutrition since virtually everything in the world is at least influenced by the work of microbes, insects, or higher animals. Less stringent definitions allow for using ‘symbiotic’ over ‘exploitation’. And so the scale slides. Let them eat honey! The bees might not like it, but the chickens will benefit from having a new vegan giving up eggs! Let them eat cake! How many insects and animals were displaced and died in the production of wheat and sugar? (Let’s not talk about bone char used in cane sugar production.)
    Bottom line is, likely NOBODY is vegan by some definitions, so perhaps we should allow for “Vegan-aware” as a classification of lifestyle and diet choice. “I know the source and effects of what I’m eating, and I choose more good than harm, and that’s better than nothing.”

  • ktyxes

    so If vegans dont eat honey bc of bee labor, why eat vegetables from fields ployed by animals?