Why is avocado not vegan?


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Why is avocado not vegan?

Oh dear, some potentially devastating news for the vegans among us. Though it’s probably the best time in recorded history to be vegan, with a profusion of awareness and options, there’s no disguising that this is a big blow to all that hard earned progress.

That’s right: it turns out avocado might not be vegan after all. At least, that’s according to a recent episode of BBC’s comedy quiz staple, QI.

It’s not just the ubiquitous supergreens that are under threat, with kiwi, butternut squash and melon also coming under the spotlight Contestants were asked which of the items were vegan, before getting a shock when host Sandi Toksvig revealed that none of them were.

It turns out that bees are the root cause. ‘It’s the same reason as honey’, said Toksvig. ‘They can’t exist without bees, and bees are used in, let’s call it an “unnatural way”. ‘Because they are so difficult to cultivate naturally, all of these crops rely on bees which are placed on the back of trucks and taken very long distances across the country. ‘It’s migratory beekeeping and it’s unnatural use of animals and there are lots of foods that fall foul of this. Broccoli is a good example. Cherries, cucumbers, lettuce. Lots and lots of vegan things are actually not strictly vegan.’

Although it’s maybe not time to bin all that pricey avocado oil just yet. The Vegan Society has come out against QI’s findings in pretty unequivocal terms. ‘Vegans avoid using animals as far as possible and practicable’, spokesperson Dominika Piasecka told Plant Based News. ‘We are aware that many forms of farming involve indirect harm to animals but it is unfortunately not possible or practicable to avoid the destruction of other animals in most farming at this time.’ Though that’s not the same as saying it’s a total pass.