The Signs as Bees

Aries: those friendly bees that like to buzz by your ears to say hello
Taurus: that one bee that is constantly ricocheting between a million different flowers
Gemini: a super chubby bee that just wants to drink a lil sugar water and say hi to everyone
Cancer: the cutest lil honeybee that always has pollen dust on it
Leo: a very happy queen bee who don’t take shit from no man and just wants to protect her bee family
Virgo: a very sleepy bee who wants to come inside and hang out in your room when it rains (rain is super scary for bees!)
Libra: a teensy tiny bumblebee that sometimes has little bee parties in big flowers
Scorpio: a very lonely bee who lands on people as a way to try and find a friend and sometimes sneaks into people’s cars to say hello
Sagittarius: a mega excited little bee who just wants to go to France where all the nice flowers are
Capricorn: a bee who has their own little honey haven in the hive and always makes extra friendly buzz buzz noises when they find someone they like
Aquarius: a curious little bee who just wants to understand why the giant people are so mean to them
Pisces: a scared bee buddy who would never sting anyone and just wants to tell all the nice flowers goodmorning

Backyard Beekeepers Still Harm and Exploit.

 I just realized something that I can’t believe I never realized before.

So I grew up in a rather upscale area where a lot of people were retired and kept hobbies such as gardening and beekeeping.  A few years ago, long before I really knew anything about veganism, my friend’s mom bought a few backyard bee hives so she could sell the honey and beeswax at the local farmers market to make some money. Now it was pretty obvious, looking back, that my friend’s mom not only knew very little about keeping bees, but only kept them in order to make some extra bucks off them. 

Back then, I loved to come over and visit the bee boxes and got quite a bit of free honey out of it too. Seriously. There were pounds upon pounds of honey in the fridge, two or three large vats of the stuff, and a LOT of beeswax (which by the way takes a lot more time and effort for bees to produce than honey does) so it was obvious they were taking quite a lot from the bees.  I didn’t think about how this effected the bees at the time as I figured they knew what they were doing. 

They kept the bees for maybe a little under a year (spring through fall) and sold a lot of honey and beeswax candles in that short amount of time. I remember coming back the next spring, and seeing that there were no more bees in the bee boxes. I asked my friend where they went and she simply said “Oh, they all died off in the winter. But my mom doesn’t need them anymore anyway, because she has a new job and doesn’t need to sell honey anymore.” 

And just like that, the bees were literally boiled down to a commodity, and once they were of no more value, in a gross display of exploitation and neglect, my friend’s mom simply stopped caring for them and let them die, probably because they had no food left and were not even provided fake food (like sugar water) to sustain them during the winter. 

So yeah, three colonies of bees kept a live for under a mere year, and then all left to perish in the winter. 

These are the backyard beekeepers that everyone is raving and ranting about, and telling people to support. These are the  so-called “cruelty-free” beekeeper. This could very well be where your “organic, local, cruelty-free honey” comes from. 

Local backyard  bee keeping doesn’t mean cruelty-free and is by no mean a good way to “save the bees”, it just means you are blind to what goes down in people’s backyards. And from stories I have heard from many others who have personally known backyard beekeepers, it is not uncommon for them to be ignorant and neglectful, over-exploiting their bee colonies until they die from the stress.

But hey, they’re just insects right? Who fucking cares if they are exploited and neglected for their bodily secretions that are literally turned into a fucking condiment for humans to spread on a piece of bread. Am I right?

people probably think my love for bees means i just blog about them and plant flowers but if you’re in public with me and i see a bee on a flower we must stop whatever we’re doing and watch the bee for a sec because we have to appreciate the buzz buzz hard at work 

You know what there needs to be? Some kind of like, Friends of Bees network or something. A group of people who are dedicated to helping bees but like, without exploiting them. So people who would provide housing and bee-friendly gardens and whatnot to bees, and be part of a network that aims to help others do the same, but without taking anything from them. Because I totally get the “support local beekeepers” argument from an ecological standpoint, but ethically, humans have no right to take anything produced by bees. Just the fact that they’re an extremely important pollinator should be enough motivation for people to want to implement a bee-friendly lifestyle and social infrastructure, right? But apparently not, unless we’re profiting off their labor. So there needs to be some kind of nonprofit group that is dedicated to helping all types of bees thrive, but without taking any of their honey or other products. Yeah, honey tastes great, it’s got a lot of health benefits…but it’s NOT OURS. We as a society should make a great effort to preserve bees without taking things from them in return. We’re basically dependent on their pollination…isn’t that enough?