Does The Honey Industry Harm Bees?

Autumn Mason, Writer

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Bees as a whole, unfortunately, are heading towards extinction due to climate change, habitat loss and among other things, human actions. Bees and other pollinators are essential to our environment; Many wonder how to save them, what they can do to help, and what’s currently harming them. One such subject of controversy is the honey industry. So does harvesting honey harm bees?

 

Well the answer isn’t a simple yes or no question. It mostly falls on the behavior of the beekeeper. There are proper methods that are safe for the bees and the beekeeper in extracting honey. There are those who ignore these in favor of getting more honey unfortunately, and there are those who look out for the bees to get the best honey.  

 

Bees do produce excess honey, due to hoarding tendencies, which is the honey that beekeepers should take. There are proper methods to extract honey safely without harming the bees. If taken care of properly, there isn’t a risk to the bees.

 

So in conclusion, the answer is no, but also subjective. If you would like a more nuanced answer than this and want to know how to actually help our little pollinators I suggest doing your own research.