Re: Are we trapped by treatments?
as with a lot of things, the answer is usually not cut and dry.
at one extreme, you might have someone who doesn't invest the time and energy to inspect all of their hives for diseases and pests, and applies treatments religously to all of their hives according to a timetable, according to 'standard' practices, and based on what has worked for them in the past. there are risks with this approach, including creating resistance to the treatments, contaminating the comb and honey, discouraging the natural resistance the bees may delevop, upsetting the microbiota, ect.
the opposite extreme would be someone who doesn't believe it's necessary to inspect the hives for diseases and pests, mostly because they have decided they are not ever going to intervene with treatments or manipulations anyway. the risks here are avoidalbe losses, creating 'typhoid mary' hives which can become a concentrated source from which diseases and pests can be transmitted to nearby hives, ect.
(these are hypothetical extremes, and not meant to describe anyone on this forum)
my impression daniel is that most of the members here would probably describe themselves as not ascribing to either of these extremes, but rather approach their craft reasonably and responsibly.
there have been a myriad of approaches represented, and the beauty of beekeeping is that it is up to the individual to decide exactly how to approach it for themselves.
if we can draw any conclusions from all of the spirited discussion on this topic, one would be that there will never be a one size fits all approach.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf