Hey friend, I know that this is something that is commonly thought among the general population, but actually you got the wrong end of the stick! Buying honey and supporting your local beekeeper is something that is VERY important to the survival of the bees! BASICALLY what happens is that bee keepers have a hive (and in the hive is honey) and periodically, when the bee keepers are checking on the hive (for diseases and such - something that bee keepers have to do ANYWAY) they remove some of the honey, which helps the hive BECAUSE it gives the bees some more space and stops them from feeling the need to make a second queen and split the hive, at which point both the new and the old hive are susceptible to disease and attack and death! So “stealing their honey” is a bit of a misconception, bee farmers leave plenty of honey for the bees to survive off and only remove a small amount in comparison to all that the bees make which is really more beneficial to the hive than anything else! Also, I do know that some beekeepers use a sleeping gas on the bees, however that is something that must be done ANYWAY to make sure the hive is healthy, so removing some honey is not causing any extra harm to the hive! Like the actual process of entering the hive is what stresses bees out, so whilst the beekeeper is there, they might as well take out some honey to remove some of the stress of the need for expansion on the bees if that makes sense? And of course a few bees may die in the process, but that is nothing compared to the thousands that would die if the beekeeper didnt check the hive and then the hve were to get a disease! So there is really no grounds to not support honey (ESPECIALLY if it is local honey) whatsoever?
Anyway if you have another way of supporting bees and all that they do then I’m open to suggestions, but buying local honey is one sure fire way of helping local bees in your area, and thus also helping pollination and conservation in your area!! So just incase you missed the point of this post, BUYING HONEY IS GOOD and DOES NOT HARM THE BEES