Re: An Interesting Article
Hi Lawrence! (Heaflaw)
My politics are right of center, I don't trust Bayer, et al. I don't hug trees, but I love them, enjoy their beauty, shade, habitat they provide for wildlife, the warmth they provide in firewood and beauty they provide when they're turned into a beautiful hand crafted item, whether furniture or utensils. And I am treatment free! From my earlier posting you see that I think that article was garbage. I am trying to help the "treatment free" movement along with my blog on Beesource, "No Treatment of Honey Bees Report."
My point is that for those of us who are truly concerned about the bees, nearly everything else takes back seat to the bees. Whether we like or trust Bayer or not, we know there's a problem with the bees. It is simply up to us everyday beeks to take the work of the pros, the scientists, the bee experts, and spread "treatment free" bees around.
While I don't clip my queens or worry too much about swarming, I do try to prevent it, but not too much. When my treatment free bees swarm, I figure that's my way to help repopulate the feral numbers with bees that can withstand varroa and other pests. And don't you dare call me an "environmentalist" or "tree-hugger"! I try to be a "steward".
For me, the key to getting off the chemical treatment bandwagon is simply not to get on it in the first place. I think all new beeks should be encouraged to get treatment free bees from the get-go.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow