I am very concerned about the problems of the bees and all other insects that are dying out. As a transitioning vegan, honey is the easiest thing for me to give up. For me honey is just another form of sugar (like maple syrup etc.) and it is probably the easiest form of sugar to give up. Sugar on the other hand is used in a very wide range of commercially produced cakes, desserts etc. However, though I do not use honey, I find the vegan arguments against honey less than convincing and rather confusing. In the article you cite, Shyvas, the following is given as a reason to stop eating honey:
“According to a Swiss researcher who recently published a paper on the subject, the electromagnetic waves from mobile phones have a significant impact on the behavior of honeybees and could potentially be harming honeybees around the world.”
As it happens I have no problem in giving up the use of my mobile phones either. I have 2 which I keep unused at home next to the land-line phone.
So while I can give up honey and mobile phones, what is the main argument I should use to persuade my Spanish-speaking friend, Fernando, that he should get rid of his bee hives? It is very difficult to find work in Spain. Fernando bought a cafe but Spain has no need for more cafes, there are already far too many. After 2 years on the dole, you get NOTHING from the state in Spain and Fernando's family live in Argentina.