Honestly, I can't even begin to understand this one.
To survive in Winter is not necessarily true because in many places there are flowers all through the year that bees can feed on.
Second, honey production literally promotes bees being alive (which is awesome considering the decline in bees everywhere) as well as it has interest in maintaining the habitats so that bees feed on the flowers. For instance, in Portugal honey is associated with different flower types depending on the habitat, and so it helps maintaining certain native habitats like heather, for instance. Plus, I can assure you that honey is much better for the environment than food like avocados or any imported food. Again, local a million times over global.
Third, almost of vegetable crops use pesticides and herbicides, which kill not only bees but all insects. This includes alternatives such as maple syrup or agave.
Fourth, why do you distinguish between bees and all other insects killed for your food? Are mosquitos less important than bees? So exploring bees is not ok but killing insects for food production is?
5th, it tarnishes vegans and brands them as crazy to think they are worried about (some) insects.
6th the nervous system in insects is really underdeveloped. The wings have no nerves, they act on instinct and feromones. If you are going to think about insects, you open a true Pandora box.
In conclusion, honey is awesome as it promotes bees, maintains habitats, goes against herbicides and pesticides that otherwise kill a lot of species, is better for your health than artificial sugar and has a lot of minerals, is easy to get local (at least in Portugal). Also it requires minimal space to be produced and also provides food for certain birds like Bee-eaters or Honey Buzzards.
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