8(ish) Ways to Use Local Honey to Save the Bees

There is no one easy trick to save the planet... but what if I told you eating sweets might help?

Bee colonies worldwide are collapsing due to environmental strain. Besides this really sucking for the bees, it sucks for pretty much everyone else because bees are key pollinators.

Some activists, including environmental platform The Ecologist, assert that industrial beekeeping does more to hurt than support bee populations. When mass-producing honey on an industrial farm, beekeepers might take all of a hive's honey- which the bees would have relied on for nourishment in the winter, according to LiveScience- and replace it with a sugary substitute. We humans know that natural foods trump artificial ones. Why should it be any different for bees?

However, according to Grist, the "smart" beekeeper will only take the excess honey, leaving enough for the bees.

If you look around your community, you'll probably find some kind of local, or at least small-scale, honey vendor. I trust these local, homegrown bee farmers to be the smart ones. And what better time to support local businesses? Look into your local apiaries to see if they are humane and environmentally responsible.

Plus, honey is high in antioxidants.
I shamelessly stole this image from Know Your Meme.

Here are 8(ish) ways to use local honey and help the bees:

1. Load your smoothie bowls with homemade Mexican-chocolate granola.

2. Spiced apple oatmeal + peanut butter + walnuts + sliced grapes + a drizzle of honey

3. Pour it on pancakes instead of maple syrup.  It's just as sweet and delicious- and it's cheaper!

4. Make these corn muffins.

5. Apples dipped in cheerful golden honey will always taste to me like Rosh Hashanah, but why not try it on Earth Day... or any day.

6. Drizzle it on top of nice cream. This was how I had nice cream the first time, and that was how I fell in love with nice cream.

7.  Pamper your face with this homemade green tea honey face mask.

8, sort of. I can't speak to the sustainability of the honey from Jon and Kira's honey caramel chocolates, although the apiary from which they source the honey from does seem to care about its bees. But when my sister sent some of these to my aunt for her birthday, I borrowed a few...

What other ideas ya got? Let me know in the comments below, via email, and on Instagram or Facebook.

We all agree that every day should be Earth Day. But can we not celebrate a little extra on the actual day? This Wednesday, I'm gonna spend as much time as I can outside- sneak stretches in the sun in between online lectures and dance classes- and I might rock some local honey, too.

World peace and love,

Heather <3

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