What is behind the sweet honey?

 

Honeybees, of which there are currently seven recognized species, are used worldwide for the commercial production of honey.

A honeybee colony typically consists of one queen bee, who is a fertile female, up to a thousand drone bees—fertile males and worker bees—and sterile female bees. It is the worker bees who collect both pollen and floral nectar, the latter being used to produce honey.

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The nectar is sucked up through the proboscis (the tubular feeding and sucking organ found on the head of the bee), stored in their honey stomach (or “crop”) and transported back to the nest. This stomach holds around 40 milligrams of nectar, which can require over a thousand flowers, and its digestive enzymes break down the sucrose in the nectar into fructose and glucose.

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Once back at the nest, the honey is regurgitated from bee to bee until it reaches a honeycomb, where it is stored. The worker bees then fan the liquid to speed up evaporation and remove excess water from the liquid. The bees then cap the cells with wax to seal them. Honey is used as a source of carbohydrates for the colony, with adult worker honey bees requiring 4.0 milligrams of utilizable sugars per day and larvae requiring about 59.4 milligrams of carbohydrates for proper development.

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It is their main source of energy and is stored for the winter months (when the colony cannot forage for flower nectar) and used to increase the body temperature of the bees.

In commercial honey production and artificial bee hives, queen bees are not fertilized by drone bees but are artificially inseminated. A drone bee is selected, his head is crushed, and then he is squeezed to release the semen. Following this, the selected queen bee is rendered unconscious and the semen is inserted into her.

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However, many of the drone bees killed for this purpose are deemed unsuitable, and up to 15 are crushed to inseminate one queen bee. Once the queen bee has been successfully inseminated, she will be placed back in the hive. In the wild, queen bees often move nests and will be followed by her worker bees.

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As this is not optimal or profitable for commercial honey production, the queen bee will often have her wings clipped so she cannot leave the artificial hive.

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To collect the honey produced by the colony, a bee smoker is used. This is a device that pumps smoke into the hive, causing the bees to initiate a feeding response in anticipation of needing to abandon the hive due to fire. This, combined with masking pheromones omitted by guard bees to alert the colony, means that the bees are distracted from protecting the honeycomb, which makes it is easier for the beekeeper to retrieve it.

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Furthermore, to replace the taken honey, beekeepers often give bees a sugar solution that is not comparable to honey and lacks essential nutritional components.

Commercial beekeeping exploits and sexually manipulates both the queen and drone bees. It uses painful body mutilation for the purpose of taking a product intended for someone else.

Humans have no need to take honey, and there is a wide range of similar substances, such as agave syrup, maple syrup, and molasses.

Honey is made by bees, for bees.

Anonymous for the Voiceless

My comment: Maybe no other animal natural product is as overrated as honey

As a sweetener honey suggests a special naturalness and is often touted as a healthy alternative to sugar.
Honey has no health benefits over sugar.
Honey is mainly composed of glucose and fructose and is therefore classified as “sugar”.

Vitamins, minerals and amino acids occur in such small amounts that they can not be attributed nutritional importance.

Even worse is the widespread conviction in folk medicine about the therapeutic effect of honey, which is highly controversial according to the current medical state.
In addition, honey causes even more decay due to its stickiness than table sugar.

Conclusion: honey is also sugar and nutritious only for its producers, the bees.
For this, bees are enslaved, exploited and abused.

Who wants to have a clear conscience, abstains from honey and any animal product.

My best regrads, Venus

 

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