Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
I CAN HAZ CROISSANTZ?

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.

user:
pass:
register,


                             

Vegan Honey

Robot bees harvest nectar
  (+3)
(+3)
  [vote for,
against]

With the use of agents to end insect pollination, there is presumably going to be some way of ensuring flowering plants are still fertilised, and I've long imagined this would be in the form of small UAVs transferring gametes from flower to flower. While they're doing this, they could gather nectar and store it in central depots, thereby enabling the production of vegan honey. This has the extra appeal of providing ethical honey to precisely the demographic which is likely to be most disgruntled at the extinction of the bees.
nineteenthly, May 23 2015

[link]






       I will be one of the disgruntled brand, when the bees go bye- bye. So I give you a sticky, golden, +, to go with your thoughtful and proactive idea.
blissmiss, May 23 2015
  

       Vegans perplex me. I wonder if there is really money to be made selling stuff to vegans. There is money to be made selling kosher stuff, because people other than those who keep kosher perceive kosher to be higher quality. I understand kosher products command a premium in China. I bet more people buy vegan than are vegan.   

       The thing here is to work on "Vegan" as an orthodox label under central control of people poised to make money from it. For example, have vegan grand poobahs (not sure what the equivalent of rabbi is for vegans) certify products as Vegan with a circle V.   

       Finally I think cheaper "vegan honey" could be made of some mix of sweet tree saps. Cheaper to produce; one would want to sell this at a premium of course.
bungston, May 23 2015
  

       You'd need to find a synthetic equivalent of the gunk inside a bee's stomach, since honey is basically concentrated bee-vomit.   

       Also, a UAV capable of doing all this would require approximately bee-like levels of AI. Therefore, it would be unfair to treat it as a non-bee. Therefurther, what it produced could not be considered vegan.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 23 2015
  

       //Unless you saw the undercover footage which makes some places much much worse than standard abattoirs.//   

       Haven't you heard? You just have to stick a label on a product saying it doesn't contain something and suddenly it's more attractive.
For example some people[1] think 'gluten free' is healthier - and even think it's better for body builders,
  

       [1] who are not suffering from Celiac disease
Loris, May 24 2015
  

       You could always add gluten to the product but not charge extra for it, and put a big "Gluten Free" sticker on it.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 24 2015
  

       It’s probably the psychological effect of the word “Free”.
Ian Tindale, May 24 2015
  

       Perhaps a product that contains all known allergens could be advertised as "Free free".
MaxwellBuchanan, May 24 2015
  

       Imagine my disappointment when a mandala I was interested in, in the shape of an Admiral with his arm tucked into his jacket, turned out to cost money (although they said it was going for a song).
Ian Tindale, May 24 2015
  

       That's nothing. You have no idea how gutted my wife was when she found herself at a film about releasing an orca from captivity.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 24 2015
  

       Also, I must’ve missed the special offer when I bought that Lynyrd Skynyrd single back in the mid ’70s.
Ian Tindale, May 24 2015
  

       Bees dry out the nectar into honey by repeatedly exposing it to air to let evaporation occur (and there’s also a process to alter the sugars). All those millennia of R&D by hymenoptera really paid off in process refinement and best practice.
Ian Tindale, May 24 2015
  

       I never even thought normal honey might not have been vegan - I thought it was a sillyness, but not so, apparently.
zen_tom, May 25 2015
  

       So vegans won't even eat carnivorous plants ?
FlyingToaster, May 26 2015
  

       ... but presumably carnivorous plants would eat vegans, given the chance; a most delicious irony.
8th of 7, May 26 2015
  
      
[annotate]
  


 

back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle