Tag: fruits

Are Avocados Vegan (Since Bees Are Used)??

Ever since this ridiculous clip from (one of my favorite shows), QI, the Internet has been abuzz!

The fact that there has been so much buzz around whether or not avocados and almonds are vegan (because migratory bees are used to pollinate them) reveals two things: that vegans haven’t done a very good job clarifying what “vegan” means and that non-vegans love to play the gotcha game. 

First of all, there isn’t a vegan overlord deciding what’s vegan and what’s not vegan; second of all, imperfection is built into begin vegan, because we live in an imperfect world.

In the 20 years I’ve been vegan, I’ve been drinking water that has most likely been filtered through animal bone char; I’ve been eating organic produce that has been grown using animal manure, bone meal, and blood meal; I’ve been buying wine and fruit from purveyors that most likely kill birds and mammals to protect their orchards; and I’ve been eating crops — namely avocados and almonds — pollinated by migratory honeybees…and none of it makes me less vegan. 

The idea that we should do nothing because we can’t do everything is illogical and self-defeatist. So what? Should I eat foie gras because my organic kale was grown in soil amended with chicken manure? That makes no sense. There’s a lot we can’t control in this world, but there’s a lot we can. Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Anything. 


Doesn’t Bee-Keeping Supporting Declining Bee Populations?

We all know about the decline of bee populations around the world, but we’re thinking about the wrong bees. There are more than 25,000 bee species globally, but when most people think about bees, they tend to think only of the European honeybee, a species that has been domesticated for crop pollination and honey production — a species not native to the U.S.

We cultivate honey bees just like chickens, cows, and pigs, and like all agriculture animals, their high population is a harm to wild populations: they compete directly for nectar and pollen, transmit diseases, and push wild bees out of their native areas.

Well-intentioned though it might be, keeping honeybees and managing beehives does nothing to protect wild pollinators and actually make it worse for them. Scientists who study bees say it’s like farming chickens to save wild birds.

A lack of flowers is one of the main factors behind the decline in bee populations, so if you want to help bees, forget about beekeeping and honey. Rather: create bee habitats: plant pesticide-free, bee-friendly gardens filled with a VARIETY of pollen- and nectar-rich NATIVE plants.

Please share this and let me know your thoughts. 

Is Sugar Vegan?

I swear this question is asked more by vegans than non-vegans, but you asked, so here is my answer.

Meat, Dairy, and Eggs Are Products of Privilege

Meat, dairy and eggs have always been products of privilege and symbols of affluence, affordable only by the wealthy and denied to the poor. Health-wise that’s good! In less affluent populations where meat is be served in small portions and they eat mostly plant foods, they don’t suffer from what experts call “diseases of affluence” (atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes). The richer the country, the more animal products they eat, the more prevalent these diseases.

Even with government subsidies keeping animal products artificially cheap, whole plant foods are still more affordable than animal products. Convenience foods are more expensive whether they’re vegan or not vegan because you’re paying for convenience.

It’s only because of factory farming and government subsidies that most people can afford to eat every day what are – in fact – very expensive things to produce, and for this cheap “food” we’re paying huge costs — in terms of our health, the Earth, the animals.

Food Rainbow

As an educator around the ethics of food, my message for eating compassionately is simple: make choices that reflect your own values of compassion and kindness. When it comes to eating healthfully, my message is equally simple: eat by color… For more, listen below.


Includes delicious plant-based recipes and a meal plan!

© 2022 ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com. All Rights Reserved.