According to some people, you can't be vegan and eat your avocado and raw cacao cake too.
That's the stance of portion of members in the plant based community, who believe that avocados, as well as almonds, kiwis, butternut squash, and melon, are actually not an acceptable food for committed vegans.
Why? For the same reasons that many vegans don't eat honey (because it is the "hard earned work of bees") it turns out avocados are also reliant on bees.
On a recent episode of the British comedy quiz show QI, host Sandi Toksvig explained,
“They [avocados] are so difficult to cultivate naturally, all of these crops rely on bees which are placed on the back of trucks and taken very long distances across the country.”
Toksvig was referring to a practice called migratory beekeeping in which honeybees are sent by truck to commercial crops that need extra help with pollination.
Essentially, this 'extra work' can shorten the life of a honeybee.
“It's unnatural use of animals and there are lots of foods that fall foul of this. Broccoli is a good example,” Toksvig also said. “Cherries, cucumbers, lettuce. Lots and lots of vegan things are actually not strictly vegan."
The Daily Mail spins it a different way - stating that it's only almonds and avocados sourced from places like California where the practice of migratory beekeeping is prevalent as there are not enough local bees.
"While the amount of suffering experienced by an individual bee is probably small, this would be magnified by the very large number of insects potentially affected (31 billion honeybees in the Californian almond orchards alone). A vegan who chooses to eat almonds or avocados is not doing what would most reduce animal suffering," the outlet writes.
Ummm, so what would that leave for vegans to actually eat?
Well, it turns out: not much! Ergo, The Vegan Society told Plant Based News that "Many forms of farming involve indirect harm to animals but it is unfortunately not possible or practicable to avoid the destruction of other animals in most farming at this time.”
"However, we do not consider that just because it is not possible to avoid one hundred percent of the cruelty, suffering and exploitation to animals that we should not bother at all," a spokesperson maintained.
"Vegans make a huge contribution to the reduction in suffering and death caused to animals and we would welcome any changes made to farming practises that support this."
Evidently, whether or not you now view avocados as vegan or not will depend on your individual ethics.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
This thing about avocados not being vegan is another desperate attempt to make veganism look impossible, moving hives is a common practice bees don’t need avocados like they need their own honey (also avocados aren’t a strictly vegan food so don’t make it a strictly vegan issue)— Amy ⓥ (@amyythevegan) October 12, 2018
Would you believe that not all millennials 1) like avocado, & 2) are vegan? pic.twitter.com/EdVBlc1SHF— (There Are No Spooky Puns For) Sinko (@23Syncope) October 12, 2018
my date is really angry at me personally because QI claimed that avocados aren't vegan and i think that's the only reason we've met for drinks
how's everyone else's saturday going— Alex Bell (@alexbell) October 13, 2018
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