Re: An ideal beekeepers' world
Whether what it is able to 'achieve' is sustainable is a different question.
Originally Posted by arthur
It seems to me that competiton and the drive for a best bottom line have turned comercial beekeeping into something that can only exist at huge cost to the stock. The bee - in the US anyway - seems to be on the way to becoming domesticated, in the sense that it is entirely dependent on humans for the medicines it needs to remain alive. This bee cannot escape - in the wild it dies. Wild bees cannot exist near it - their genes are the touch of death. It is a cog in a machine. It is likely that fresh genetic material will have to be imported from other countries on a regular basis, to make up for the consumption of genetic diversity the commercial machine devours. Scientists will have to be employed permantly to ensure the provision of a continuous train of functional bees.
This is not anything I want any part of. I cannot - or rather don't want to -explain why.
The race isn't always to the swift, nor the fight to the strong, but that's the way to bet