The surprising truth about honey bees, sustainability and veganism: An interview about sustainable beekeeping and why you should care about the honey bee and your food choices - vegan or not! | veganchickpea.com

The Surprising Truth About Honey Bees, Sustainability & Veganism

The surprising truth about honey bees, sustainability and veganism: An interview about sustainable beekeeping and why you should care about the honey bee and your food choices - vegan or not! | veganchickpea.com

Today is a big day for Vegan Chickpea! I get to come out from behind the blog and camera to shed light on issues that are near and dear to my heart, that represent why I got into blogging in the first place. My goal is to spread awareness around sustainability, health and wellness, so that we’re all empowered to make choices for ourselves and our families that feel aligned with our values.

With that, I ask that – no matter your current opinion of bees, honey, veganism, etc. – that you open your mind as you read this post and watch the video below, because you just may be surprised at what you discover!

MEETING KEVIN FROM BEE BOYS

Since going vegan a couple years ago, I wanted to learn more about how honey is created. I know honey isn’t vegan since it’s an insect by-product, but felt curious as to why some vegans were proponents of consuming raw, local, sustainably raised honey. What does sustainable honey mean, and how does it serve rather than exploit the bees?

I was sharing this curiosity with my brother David one day in Hawaii at a local coffee shop we stumbled into during a drive near the most southern point of the USA, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Next to the cash register was a yummy looking granola bar, locally made by a company called Bee Boys. The bar had honey in it so I was sharing with David about my desire to learn more about honey production.

Lo and behold, one of the cofounders of Bee Boys named Kevin was actually standing behind us in line! Talk about divine timing. Long story short, we got to talking and I asked him if he’d be willing to do an interview for Vegan Chickpea, sharing about his views on veganism and what it means to produce sustainable honey. He happily said yes, as it lines up with Bee Boys’ mission to spread education and knowledge on this topic. So, I put on my investigative reporter hat and reached out to an active vegan Facebook group I’m in to ask them their big questions about this topic. Thank you to those of you who contributed to this conversation on Facebook!

The surprising truth about honey bees, sustainability and veganism: An interview about sustainable beekeeping and why you should care about the honey bee and your food choices - vegan or not! | veganchickpea.com
The surprising truth about honey bees, sustainability and veganism: An interview about sustainable beekeeping and why you should care about the honey bee and your food choices - vegan or not! | veganchickpea.com
The surprising truth about honey bees, sustainability and veganism: An interview about sustainable beekeeping and why you should care about the honey bee and your food choices - vegan or not! | veganchickpea.com

A couple weeks later, I went out to Kevin’s beautiful land (pictured above) in the Waiohinu Valley. He lives off the grid in a modest home he built, surrounded by trees, flowers, plants and – of course – bees, in a serene place that feels like a magical garden. He considers himself a proud protector and steward of the bees, insisting that Bee Boys never “puts money before honey.”

If you’re not familiar with the standard honey production practices, I’ve provided some links in the next section about how honey is harvested, and Kevin also mentions some of these points in the video below.

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Versatile Blogger Award Winner 2017 + 7 Random Facts About Me!

Versatile Bloggers Award

What a surprise to wake up on Saturday and discover that I had been given the Versatile Blogger Award by Eat Yourself Green! This award is given to bloggers, by bloggers, with the purposes of spreading awareness, discovering new blogs and encouraging our peers in this close knit blogging community. I’m honored and delighted for my 6 month old blog to be recognized by one of my successful peers, Larissa, who shares a love for travel and healthy food, just like me! Thank you so much Larissa. 🙂

The basic rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:

  • If nominated, write and publish a post on your blog thanking and linking back to your nominator.
  • Share seven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate seven other new bloggers who you think deserve recognition for their work.

Here are seven random facts about me:

  1. I’ve travelled to over 26 countries.
  2. When I was a kid and teenager I used to collect beanie babies (including the mini ones sold only in McDonald’s Happy Meals), Spice Girl dolls and anything *N SYNC related.
  3. I was a valedictorian of my high school class.
  4. My favorite thing to eat for lunch in elementary school was a big bowl of black olives and shredded cheddar cheese off the salad bar from our local grocery store. That’s it – literally just olives and cheese.
  5. I currently am a resident of and have a registered business in the Netherlands.
  6. I love personal development and for over 3 years have been working with an amazing organization called the Heart IQ Network, where I’ve held a variety of roles. Currently I write blog posts, ‘quality assure’ the online products and marketing, and support content creation for the courses.
  7. I recently came to Hawaii with my brother and sister, all on one-way tickets without much of a plan other than wanting to live together for at least a couple months and see what magic happens when we’re all under one roof! I feel very blessed to have such a close relationship with both of my siblings!

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My nominees for the Versatile Bloggers Award:

Whenever these wonderful bloggers posts on Instagram, I’m pretty sure I always wish I could eat right through the screen.

  • Elizabeth @ The Lazy Broccoli – Elizabeth has a self-proclaimed obsession with creating easy, healthy, tasty and efficient recipes that anyone can whip up with minimal effort and no fancy equipment. All her recipes are plant-based, and she’s quite hilarious too – you’re bound to laugh when reading her posts!
  • Mel @ A Virtual Vegan – Mel is passionate about creating delicious, healthy and wholesome vegan recipes with mainly natural whole food ingredients. She shows how, with a little imagination, vegans can eat exciting, incredibly delicious food!
  • Alexa @ Fooduzzi – Alexa is a gluten free and vegetarian blogger who specializes in healthier takes on classic recipes. We’re both in the Food Blogger Pro community and whenever I’ve interacted with Alexa, she’s been super sweet and helpful!
  • Sonia @ Sweet Sensitive Free – Sonia is a mostly vegan and gluten free blogger who lives in Italy. I found her through the Gluten Free Vegans Facebook group, which is an active and wonderful group to join if you’re interested in either/both vegan and gluten free foods!
  • Elinor @ Let’s Brighten Up – Elinor is a food and fermentation lover, home taught cook and a professional baker. She makes quick and easy recipes that are mostly plant based and refined sugar free, and sometimes raw or fermented.
  • Kasey @ Spill the Greens – Kasey focuses on healthy and easy food that anyone can make, without sacrificing nutrient rich ingredients!
  • Katie & Josh @ Delightful Vegans – Katie and Josh are an adorable vegan couple traveling the globe and writing inspirational posts about their adventures, all while creating amazing vegan food recipes! Their recipes always look fresh and nourishing.

I hope you enjoy checking out these other amazing bloggers, and thanks again to Larissa at Eat Yourself Green for my recognition!

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Are You Meant to Inspire Others? + More About My Story

*Post updated 11 April 2017*

Are you meant to inspire others? | veganchickpea.com

Today I have a totally different kind of post to share with you. Don’t worry, I’ll be back on Friday with a recipe for my favorite goes-with-everything Tahini sauce. But first, I’d like to share with you a little more about my story, how I got to where I am today, my longing for this blog – and how this applies to you too!

Let’s begin, shall we?

A few years ago, I started my first blog which had absolutely nothing to do with food. It was a personal coaching and inspiration blog, where I talked about mindful living, personal development and what I was learning in the various trainings I was participating in at the time – everything from the Law of Attraction, to Heart Intelligence, to the Art of Feminine Presence. My blog was called Pursue Your Joy, and I was so on fire and lit up to share my discoveries with the world. I also had a few ‘life coaching’ clients and ran some personal growth events locally.

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