Sunday, February 5, 2012

Let the Honey Bee Be! Check out these mouth-watering honey substitutes!


Vegan Pancakes with Maple Syrup

It's National Honey Bee Day today. And to help save the honey bee population from dying out, I suggest going vegan and stop consuming honey products. So that the honey bees can enjoy their own honey- which they desperately need to survive. 


What's wrong with consuming honey you ask? Here's what's wrong: Profiting from honey requires the manipulation and exploitation of the insects’ desire to live and protect their hive. Like other factory-farmed animals, honeybees are victims of unnatural living conditions, genetic manipulation, and stressful transportation. To prevent 'swarming', beekeepers clip the wings of a queen bees, killing and replacing an older queen after just one or two years, and confining a queen who is trying to begin a swarm. Queens are artificially inseminated using drones, who are killed in the process.  

And this is what you can do- Avoid honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, and other products that come from bees. Vegan lip balms and candles are readily available. Agave nectar, rice syrup, molasses, sorghum, barley malt, maple syrup, and dried fruit or fruit concentrates can be used to replace honey in recipes.


You could also try locally available 'gur' (jaggery). This delicious 'notun gur' comes in a liquid form and tastes just divine with pancakes or as a dressing!