Since the beginning of time, bees have helped humans survive. They, along with their fellow pollinators, are responsible for about one in every three mouthfuls of food that we eat. Now, bees are in trouble, and they need our help to survive. The most important thing that we can do to help bee populations is to let them keep their honey. They need it—we don’t. One easy switch that helps bees is choosing honey-free vegan graham crackers.
Disclaimer: Always be sure to double-check the ingredients list before you buy a product, as ingredients are subject to change.
Check out the tasty options from these brands:
Nabisco Original Grahams
Keebler Original Grahams Crackers
Not to be outdone, the Keebler elves make their classic vegan, too.
S’moreables Graham Style Crackers
Need vegan and gluten-free? S’moreables Graham Style Crackers have you covered. Find them at Walmart or Whole Foods.
Kroger Original Graham Crackers
Kroger shoppers will love the price of these store-brand grahams, which are “accidentally vegan.”
Keebler Ready Crust Graham Pie Crust
Bee-friendly baking enthusiasts who want to try their hand at making their own graham crackers can find loads of recipes online, including this one from our friends at Oh She Glows.
Habitat loss and pesticides have caused bee populations to plummet, and more than 700 species face extinction. And just as chicken farmers don’t protect chickens, bee farmers don’t protect bees.
After beekeepers steal all the honey that the colony worked for months to produce, they keep the bees alive by feeding them sugary syrup and other non-nutritious substitutes or just kill the entire hive—between 20,000 and 80,000 bees. In nature, when a new queen is about to be born, the old queen would leave and start a new colony—a practice critical to her species’ survival. Bee farmers often clip the queen’s wings, confine her, or kill and replace her to keep her from being able to carry out this natural behavior. Much like on all other factory farms, the stress, malnourishment, and cruelty weaken bees’ immune systems, making them more susceptible to disease and population decline.
You can be a honey to bees.
Please continue to choose honey-free foods. Humans can easily replace honey in their kitchens with maple syrup, agave nectar, molasses, jam, dandelion and apple “honey,” and Bee Free Honee. Let them keep their beeswax, too, by choosing candles and lip balms without it. If you have a green thumb, consider planting flowers in your yard or even herbs on a windowsill or balcony to provide bees with nectar and pollen.