Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping
Here's a post on which Acebird and I have some common ground. It is "interesting." It's especially interesting when one considers that treating mites is building up the mites resistance to present day chemical treatment. There is a group of people breeding bees that are resistant to mites, and there is another group of people that are tasked with producing the next chemical that will kill the evolving mites without annihilating the bees. We beekeepers are merely observers on the sidelines.
It is an interesting video.
I think the arms race is ongoing. Saying that those who treat are breeding stronger mites instead of breeding stronger bees is only sort of half way true IMHO. A bee that's resistant to mites, like the treatments, is also putting pressure on the mites to evolve so that they can then resist the bees' resistance. The bees will then need to resist the mites' resistance to their resistance...and on it goes.
The comments on Youtube are interesting.
I liked the one about "becoming one with American Foul Brood" by introducing AFB to your hives.
5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...
What he is talking about is what a lot of us who buy and use "resistant" or "survivor" bees have been doing, thanks to breeders who did not treat, but bred the survivors.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow
What a burnout!