Food - Drink
Why Some People Believe Avocados Aren't Vegan
In recent years, avocados have become an integral part of vegan cooking which "seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals.” By this definition, avocados have been the target of some strict vegan criticism, but why, and are they technically vegan?
Avocados rely heavily on migratory beekeeping, a practice in which the bees are treated in an unnatural, exploitative way. This practice is damaging to bees for a number of reasons, according to Scientific American, the U.S. would lose roughly one-third of all its crops without migratory beekeeping.
Whether or not you consider avocados to be vegan largely depends on your definition of veganism. They do not contain actual animal meat or animal byproducts, and it may not be realistic for one to avoid all forms of animal exploitation in modern society. The key idea here is conscientious consumption.