I eat honey nearly every morning with no thoughts about it whatsoever other than I would rather get my intake of sugar from a natural source like it or fruit. I feel bad about things that man does to animals just for consumer purposes. Many things are promoted just for gain regardless of any of the effects.
I view certain of these like I do the trees. They may be far more advanced than we are... just look at how they stand there in silence providing us air to breath. I know of no one who has that kind of commitment for the preservation of man's existence here. The bees could be the same way... they provide man with helps. I think mead was one of the earliest discoveries of fermentation, the drink it produced, and the ability to help man relax in a not so relaxing environment.
The portrayal of Indians giving thanks to their kill for providing sustenance for them is one of the sweetest gestures toward Nature I have ever seen. Jesus ate fish even after he had resurrected.
So... I make no stiff rules... but I do observe how things like meat effect me. Not good for the most part.
I guess if it is taken to the extreme extreme, then we should be afraid to walk anywhere for fear of crushing a worm or bug, or breaking a blade of grass. Perhaps Krishna's admonition to Arjuna in the Baghavad Gita would be helpful. His moral dilemma far exceeds our experience with bees and honey. He advised him to kill his own relatives knowing that they would just continue in the scheme of things in different form. So too, bees, fish, animals, plants.... were they not given as a help to us? Is it man's abuse of these things that cause our conscience to flare?
Just thoughts... no offense intended
Mead is an alcoholic beverage that is produced by fermenting a solution of honey and water. It may also be produced by fermenting a solution of water and honey with grain mash;