Hello Sweet Peas!
The vegan community on the internet has been going a little crazy recently, over one very small but ever so crucial, tiny, weeny detail. Avocados are not vegan.
The vegan diet started to become a growing lifestyle as people became sharing the cruelty-free diet through the means of social media. Youtubers were the main influencer for the cause, from those who attempted the diet and famously failed, such as Trisha Paytas. To hardcore vegan keyboard warriors like Freelee the Banana Girl (check out my article on her here!). As the community grew, the vegan diet became a trend that a lot of millennials were jumping on. I call it a trend because for a lot of people the lifestyle doesn’t stick. But for those who genuinely go the long mile and live their life free of animal products, a main staple to their diet is avocados.
All you need to do is type into Google or Youtube, ‘Vegan What I Eat in a Day’ and so many articles, videos and blog posts will come up. And a huge, HUGE amount of them will contain avocados because the fruit is very high in good fats and are very healthy for the body.
But it was recently discovered, or rather it was pointed out on a British Quiz Show QI, that avocado pears are not vegan. This is due to the fact that the green ball of deliciousness needs bees in order to grow. Their need for bees means, technically, they are a byproduct of animals. Beekeepers from all over the world import bees to keep in their hives and therefore the production of foods such as avocados goes against the vegan message.
And it’s not just avocados! Any food that has grown on a plant that requires pollination from bees in order to grow is technically not vegan! This includes almonds and butternut squash!
The internet is going crazy and people are becoming even more divided (which is impressive!). Some are saying that ‘hey if it’s not vegan I’m not eating it’ others think this new restriction is taking things a little too far.
I personally am with the latter. The bee population of the planet is dangerously low and without bees, the human population would die. No bees, no trees, no oxygen, no humans. So it makes sense for the human species to help the little guys along in any way we can. Unlike other farming techniques, such as milk production, beekeepers do not harm bees. The man-made hives offer bees protection from predators such as wasps, frost, humans and other bees. If we stopped beekeeping, the bee population would fall drastically fast. Statistics show that there are over 80 million bees in man-made hives. Each hive containing between 10,000 to 60,000 bees depending on hive size. If we were to stop beekeeping, the bee population would drop by 80 million! That is a lot of bees!
Even when you don’t take the falling bee population into account, the pollination of plants is not a man-made phenomenon! It’s what bees do, its how plants grow. So does it really make sense to not eat these foods when they come from a completely natural process that would happen even without human intervention? To BEE honest (pun intended) I think a lot of vegans will continue to eat these foods because to not eat foods that come from plants that have been pollinated by bees, is a massive restriction on their already restricted diet.
What do you think? Will you still eat bee-pollinated food? Let me know in the comments or on social media!
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