i'm proud of ya'll!
i'm proud of ya'll!
I graduated in the 70's with a technical degree, oil embargo and the economy much the same as it is today. I feel for you but if you follow your passion you will be happy. If you follow someone else's passion you will regret it regardless of how successful you become.
"People may argue that science and technology have done a lot to hurt beekeeping, but please don't confuse gained knowledge with how people have chose to use it. (I'm not necessarily advocating wires and batteries in hives, just don't hate on research and ideas.)"
I believe that there is always room for improvement and that the use of science has it's value. I hope that is clear enough.
Isn't there a Scientific Beekeeping Website?
I don't know where the World would be w/ out Science. The PreHistoric Era perhaps? Certainly PreGrecoRoman Era.
Thank you all for your kind words.
The word "broke" was a poor choice for a title as it is very vague and caused a number of different topics to arise in this thread.
Also the term beekeeping can be interpreted multiple ways as we've seen in this thread: the beekeeping industry, typical beekeeping practices, honeybees themselves, and I'm sure there were more.
I apologized early on for a bad first post that wasn't worded well, unfortunately it was too late and this mess of a thread happened.
I do expect that bees will be around long after humans learn to synthesize honey from corn. :p
Can they be better? Sure. But, compared to 6 or 7 years ago when colony collapse disorder hit and hit hard and I lost 80 percent of my hives and 33% of all colonies across the Nation died in one year things are on an upward/positive trend.
I don't know what y'all are looking at. Shucks, odfrank, someone who has been on this Forum longer than many of y'all have owned bees is continually collecting more nad more swarms. Where are they coming from? Spontaneous generation?
Beekeeping isn't broke. Y'all need and attitude adjustment and more actual experience beyond your own backyard.
ps: check out my Wrapping Up 2012 Thread and tell me beekeeping is broken. :) Peace
Withiut reading the entire thread, Which I am interested in doing I just don't have time to right now. I will add these thoughts.
Is beekeeping broken? If in fact they could keep bees 100 years ago, produce honey and other products of the hive. What has changed about the bees to make that less possible today?
I don' think the bees has changed. Man has changed. mans goals and expectations have changed.
Look at what happens to the demand for profits when you go from a lone farmer trying to put food on a table to a business model that must support employees equipment and the other mountain of overhead involved. Yet it is still that same old bee being asked to make that sort of increase in demand.
I think it is man, his goals and his expectations that have changed. and they have become completely unreasonable.
Will some computer geek do a search and find examples of photos of apiarys in the Hudson Valley of NY showing home apiaries of 200 colonies. This was not as uncommon as youy might think. They were all over the place and across many States. Michigan comes to mind. If I knew where those early 20th century and late 19th century photos were and I could I would Post them myself.
A newspaper "retrospective" article:
W.L. 'LaMar' Coggshall, of Groton, is pictured here in the early 20th century with his two sons in his beeyard. / PHOTO linked from the Ithaca Journal at the link above.
And do you have a problem with icons, animated or otherwise? :gh:
On the issue of the elderly, aged or older. I clearly see in effect. IF you are insulted by my opinion that is your responsibility. I accept that I insulted only if I write with intent to insult. otherwise you are to synsative.
We are born, we then spend several years in a period of hyper learning about anything and everything we know about the world. But there is a point that we no longer learn as readily. It is now time to act upon what we know and we become more and more absorbed with the decisions and thought processes needed to act than to learn. This in effect results in an increased reluctance to change.
An example: I got my first banking account about the time Automatic Tellers came into existence. For me they where the norm and I never had any issue in using them. But for my parents. Who at that time where hardly elderly. Had some degree of reluctance and difficulty in getting used to them. While my grand parents had almost a reaction of fear at using them.
Today My grandparents are now gone and my parents are elderly. They neither one have accepted the use of a computer to much degree at all. They both have e-mail accounts and own a computer. but they know nothing about forums or any sort of public interaction of any kind. It is clear to me that they both are aware of a vulnerability they have to unknown threats.
Recency my mother has chosen to get involved in public service. this will require she has a fairly rounded ability to use a computer. It is a completely alien world to her but I am weekly giving her lessons on how to use a computer. understanding the language. understanding the difference in facebook, you tube, forums. web sites etc. I am finding that it is such a radical change in social concepts that she really does not have anything in her life experience to relate it to. She has never really communicated with pictures and video. She has never really lived in the reality of being able to copy and past verbatim something someone wrote or said. She has a very real issue with this whole trailing of of a conversation about something nobody really said anyway. Such as, did Ace really insult anyone? No someone got insulted. but now the conversation is controlled by the issue of how insulting Ace is. Net result, the sensitive little child is disrupting the conversation. Grow a pair and move on.
Earlier this year my neighbor was found dead at his computer. His browser still opened to one of the blogs he frequented. He was 95.
He was also a facebook friend.
I only know how to make two icons. :) and ;) I have nothing against any other icons animated or otherwise.
Thank you, I knew someone could do what I can't. What do I owe you. I like to pay people to do what I can't. :)
What a different time! The guy and his kids are all dressed up....lookin' ready for church...and he's workin' his hives. Do you think they may have really been just posing for a photo....a pretty rare thing in those days?