Re: bee microbial symbionts
My take -
QUOTE - "If one believes that the microbial symbionts that the bees rely on should remain as undamaged as possible (for long term practical reasons), why should one not buy honey that is produced with that as an outcome of the beekeepers practice?" END QUOTE.
While it seems like a good idea, it is another one of those statements termed with words like if, why, and phrased in questions that imply something rather than actually say it.
I don't really like this method of presenting a case. It assumes and implies, rather than present anything solid. SEEMS like a good idea. But i know of no study that has shown this to have any effect on the makeup of the honey.
As a general priciple, we'd prefer bee symbiants to be as close to natural as possible. Wether this affects the quality of the honey, for good, or for bad, we don't know.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).