Our local TV news station had a report yesterday on one of Vermont's largest apiaries. It said that the apiary had lost half of its hives to mites this past winter, and they are going to be treating their bees with "a special oil."
I suppose this is FGMO...maybe with thymol(?). That's not a question, though. I do wonder why they wouldn't just name what the special oil is? Some ideas come to mind as the answer:
a.) the news station didn't understand what it is
b.) the news station didn't think the public could understand what it is
c.) the apiary didn't tell the news media because it was protecting a business secret
d.) the apiary didn't tell the news media because it didn't want to bring public attention to the fact that they have begun to treat their hives with a foreign substance.
e.) the apiary didn't want to advertise the fact that they are using FGMO, which is not yet an "approved" method of treating mites.
I think I remember reading something about this apiary that they did not treat their hives with chemicals, so I don't think chemical resistance was a factor with this apiary. So let me ask this: Is FGMO something that beekeepers can talk freely about, or does it need to be used secretively so as to not draw attention from the regulatory authorities toward individual apiaries? Is it an issue?