Originally Posted by andys_rebecca
I guess I do not understand the Vegan philosophy, because I am not sure how bees are involved. If you cannot have honey, how can you have any fruit?
I'm very glad you asked, and you're in some way right too
The key point however is:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegan
Veganism (also known as strict vegetarianism or pure vegetarianism), as defined by the Vegan Society, is "a philosophy and way of living which seeks to excludeas far as is possible and practicalall forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
*emphasis by 1vegan
It's true that for (some) agricultural products like almonds etc, they intenionally use bees for pollination.
I don't know if acctually money changes hands, but beekeepers do make deals to put their hives near crops for pollination (nowadays)
This is, imho, partially due the reduced nr. of insects in the wild with all the pesticides used.
But, the point is that one does for veganisms "as far as is possible and practical
; it's not practical, nor possible to check how pollination of that article has been done, so that's beyond the possibilities of a regular vegan.
An option would be to grow your own, and let free roaming bees pollinate your crop, but that's not do able for a lot of people.
It's good to be as vegan as you can, but imho it's best to pick your battles, and do the things that can make a difference.
There are other things to conquer before you get to the "won't eat fruit" stage