The True Story of Honey Production.
Honeybees are the only insects that create a food that we eat*, which should tip us off to the fact that something is amiss.
This is the true story of how honey is produced:
-The bees search for a source of nectar.
-When they find a suitable flower they dig in and swallow the nectar into their ‘crop’ [like a stomach for honey] .
Not too bad so far… But wait.
-Then they regurgitate it (let’s call it like it is… they vomit it back up)
-The bees then chew the regurgitated nectar, mixing it with saliva to add enzymes
-Then they swallow it again.
- Then they regurgitate it again.
-This process is repeated…many, many times.
If we could see this process in action, would we really want to slather this substance on our toast? While some people may shrug and say ‘so what?’, the fact is that honey is a mix of regurgitated food and spit.
Let me ask you this:
Is there any other food that you would willingly eat that has been swallowed, vomited, mixed with spit, re chewed, swallowed and then regurgitated again? I don’t care how sweet it is, or what the “health benefits” are, one of my rules for life is: Do not eat anything that came out of another animal’s stomach.
The lives of honeybees are complex: they feel pain, they dance to communicate and they view the world through Technicolor eyes. While they may not directly offer their help to us, we should be grateful for all they do willingly and ask no more.
I hope that next time you see a bee, you will watch more closely and show your appreciation for their work by planting a flower-rich garden and leaving the honey, wax and other bee products for those winged creatures that truly need them.
Even the smallest of creatures deserves the right to live their lives free from being part of a production line.
*There are other insect-produced substances (shellac) or products derived from parts of insects (cochineal or carmine) that may be used in food, but they are not considered food in and of themselves. Some insects are also eaten as food, but honey remains the one product “created by” insects that is actually marketed as a food