For all of our talk about treatment free commercial beekeeping, time will tell. As the years go by, if treatment free commercial beekeepers grow in numbers and conventional commercial beekeepers wain then we will know what is doable.

That being said, treatment free commercial beekeeping must be a sustainable practice for beekeepers who do what the majority of commercial beekeepers do or it is not suitable to those who are the heart and soul of the beekeeping industry.

Hobby beekeepers and sideline beekeepers may show us the way, but until they can do so on a large scale current practices will remain dominant.