Re: Beekeeping ethics and Social Context
I keep bees because I enjoy it, because I love honey, because I want to make a little bit of money from honey sales.
I use only survivor or treatment free bees, do not treat, and don't do heavy swarm control methods. I try to minimize swarms, but figure I need to help repopulate the feral population with bees able to cope with the mites.
Hope in two years to hit 50-60 hives... last count had 30.
Regarding the ethics of beekeeping, I would think it's much like dealing with any livestock - treat them well, help them thrive, and harvest their produce. Don't abuse them.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow