Okay, I'm a vegan who abstains from ALL animal based products in regards to foods, plus excluding preservatives, colorings, sweeteneres etc. However, I <i>do</i> consume honey, which I honestly don't believe to be a true animal product. First off, it's very root origins are from flowers. Bees simply take nectar (composed of water and sucrose, a natural sugar), and split the sucrose into glucose and fructose, simpler sugars, also naturally found in fruits, primarily fructose. The enzyme bees use is called invertase. Furthermore, unlike normal animal products, it doesn't contain any cholesterol, fats of any kind (good or bad), hormones, animal remnants, or really anything that animal products contain. It does contain carbohydrates, sugar, and small levels of antioxidants, plus antiseptic agents which don't allow for bacteria breeding and can be used on wounds. As for the fear of botulism, that only results in infants under one year old when their stomach fluids are not yet acidic enough. However, once acidic and developed enough, botulinum spores are harmless to consume. By the way, botulinum spores are widespread all over the world and are a naturally occurring toxic substance. The only kind of honey to watch out for is honey termed by people as "Mad Honey". Mad honeys are very toxic honeys that can be lethal, and are derived from poisonous flowers. However, this is regulated so one needn't fear eating poisonous honey.