Well, I just want to drop my own little pile of opinion here.
I still do consume honey, but am on my way out of it. I agree that honey isn't the major issue. I think this world could be a pretty peaceful (vegan) place even with controlled honey production (for profit).
For me, personally, I just find more reasons NOT to consume honey than reasons to do so. And my logical conclusion is to try not to eat any more honey and avoid products that contain any.
I don't know if bees are aware of being exploited, or I don't even know if you can really call it exploitation. But after reading some about it, I would call it just that.
I don't run around saying honey is the work of the devil, but I do believe that if I want to live a violence-free live and one where I don't want to use another "being" for my own purposes, I shouldn't make the exception for honey bees. They are just not "meant" to be used as a machine to produce some sugar product for us, that neither contains any essential nutrients, nor can't be substituted by something else.
Except for the fact that many food manufacturers put honey in products that really don't need honey in them, I think we are easily able to just use something else instead (molasses, maple syrup, etc.).
We don't need refined sugar, we just like it. I don't want to use honey if all I can gain from doing so is some taste that I can get from other sources.