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From: allrawpaul (pool-71-112-215-3.sttlwa.dsl-w.verizon.net -71.112.215.3)
Subject: Beekeeper beegan says go for it.
Date: December 22, 2005 at 4:21 pm PST

In Reply to: eating honey posted by tim stuart on December 12, 2005 at 1:10 pm:

First, honey is not an animal product, neither is pollen, they are flower products. Bees produce way more honey than they need for winter grub. Many crops depend almost exclusively on honeybee pollination. Honeybees can no longer thrive in the wild because of parasites and diseases that beekeepers have to continually medicate against. Far less bees die from honey harvesting than are hit by cars and poisoned by careless gardeners. extra honey cant be left on the hive over winter because the bees need a smaller box to keep warm. The excess must be harvested or it will go bad and become useless even to the bees. Some bees are killed and its unfortunate, but think of how many worms and mice and zillions of other insects are killed when fields are plowed or sprayed with pesticides-huge numbers. Organic farmers routinely use organic approved pesticides, by the way, so dont think nothing died for the salad you're munching.. The accidental death of a few bees is nothing to get excited about. Say a prayer for them if you like, maybe theyll get to be queen in their next life. We may have shortened their very difficult lives by a couple weeks tops. Many of them would probably thank us. They can die in many worse ways. Most of them work themselves to death. Many are poisoned, eaten by birds and spiders, hit by cars, are killed by disease or have their blood sucked out by vampiristic mites. There are cruel practices so find out who uses them and avoid those brands. Just my 2 cents. Adios, Paul.



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