Beekeeping and vegan? How can this be arranged?
Aktualisiert: 31. Aug. 2020
After many years of beekeeping, we are convinced that professional beekeeping, led by a good beekeeper, promotes the bees and supports them in their natural way of life. By increasing the number of bees, the entire environment and ecosystem are positively influenced. Since beekeeping and natural beehive products have many positive aspects, every vegan should decide for himself whether he can reconcile "beekeeping" with his beliefs. We have summarised some examples in our blog so that you can get an idea for yourself.
A good beekeeper provides the bees with everything they need to develop themselves and their people.
Unfortunately, since more forests have been cut down and there are hardly any natural habitats such as hollow tree trunks, stone deposits or abandoned huts available for bees to live in, bees need beekeepers more than ever.
European honeybees naturally need a winter and weatherproof dwelling with a roof to survive. The beekeeper makes this dwelling available by means of the "hives" or "magazine loot". The so-called magazine booties consist of one or more frames placed on top of each other. These are square boxes in which the frames - later honeycombs - are attached. The prey then receives a lid and a bottom, as well as a flight hole through which the bees can fly in and out.
Promotion of the ecosystem. Set up bee colonies near trees, meadows and fields for the pollination of plants and the growth of nature.
So that the bee is also optimally cared for, the beekeeper should set it up near trees, meadows and fields with flowers. In this way, the bee can collect its products virtually on the doorstep.
The right dwelling provided by the beekeeper also protects the bee colony from natural enemies such as birds, frogs, foxes or martens.
Beekeeping in harmony with nature
Since we see beekeeping more as an exchange, we understand the advantages that beekeepers provide to bees. The beekeeper supports the bees and in return he / she takes part of the products.
What does the beekeeper extract from the bees?
The beekeeper harvests bee products such as honey, royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis. It should always be understood as an exchange. For example, the beekeeper takes the honey, but replaces it with a sugar solution so that the bee colony still has enough food.
A good beekeeper never harms his people. It should be his aim to extract only so much product from the bees that he will not harm them.
The bees regularly produce honey that goes far beyond their own needs. Depending on the type of bee, it is sometimes even necessary to take the honey out of the beehive, otherwise it will clump and the bees can starve over the winter. The beekeeper should always give the bees their own part of their honey and their products. Since harvesting only takes place at certain times of the year, this is a gentle treatment for the bees. The regular exchange of old wax ensures a fresh "climate" in the bee colony. The beekeeper replaces it with fresh wax plates which he makes available to the bees. He also ensures that impurities that have stuck in the wax are removed.
Support the ecosystem and vegetation through beekeeping in large cities
A very important aspect. Bees find practically no natural habitat, especially in large sites. In the meantime, however, there is the option of placing bee colonies on roofs. High above the roofs, the bee can do its job and go looking for food. This is very important in order to guarantee and support the natural vegetation of plants in large cities. With their pollen, bees pollinate the plants and thus ensure abundant plant growth.
What is our mission with THE QUEEN BEE?
We want to motivate people to set up their own bee colonies. Not primarily to harvest the products themselves, but rather to offer bees habitat and to strengthen the natural population. The promotion of beekeeping is particularly important in large facilities.
If you own a larger property, you can set up 2-3 bee colonies to support your own ecosystem and its surroundings in a positive way. It is important to us that the bee's position is respected and supported by beekeeping. Our goal is to make young people aware of the importance of bees in the environment.
What does vegan mean?
According to animal protection organisations, vegan means that animals are not exploited. Be it for nutrition or for beliefs. Vegan also means free from animal ingredients. Vegan people do not eat food or avoid products that contain animal products or are produced by animals.
Beekeeping and bee products for vegans?
We have now given you a few examples and demonstrated the importance of beekeeping. The highest principle of every animal husbandry should always be respect for living beings and nature. The bee products are a very valuable supplier for humans. Since beekeeping products are beekeeping products, we recommend that every vegan gets a picture for themselves and decides whether beekeeping is compatible with a vegan lifestyle. What you want to do without and how far you go with your diet and lifestyle should therefore be decided by everyone individually.