Avocados aren’t vegan?

Not according to folks appearing on Qi (BBC):

Huh. How ’bout that? QZ has a few thoughts on that.

Commercial farming of those vegetables, at least in some parts of the world, often involves migratory beekeeping. In places such as California, there are not enough local bees or other pollinating insects to pollinate the massive almond orchards. Bee hives are transported on the back of large trucks between farms—they might go from almond orchards in one part of the US then on to avocado orchards in another, and later to sunflower fields in time for summer.

That’s a rather intriguing thought; quite the tangled ethical web! QZ says:

Another answer might depend on someone’s view about the moral status of insects. Commercial beekeeping may injure or kill bees. Transporting bees to pollinate crops appears to negatively affect their health and lifespan. But some may question whether bees are capable of suffering in the same way as animals, while others may wonder whether bees are self-aware—whether they have a desire to continue to live. If they do not, some philosophers argue that they would not be harmed by being killed (others, such as Gary Francione, would beg to differ).

Near as I can tell, this issue isn’t quite as thorny for Plant Based folks, those who adopt this lifestyle for health reasons, ethical considerations coming in shortly thereafter.

But this issue is certainly an interesting topic. What do you think?


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