It seems to me, that there is quite a bit of controversy on this subject of tf beekeeping. Some beekeepers donīt believe at all, that commercial beekeeping without treatments is possible. Some argue that it should be. Itīs like the Human Genome -project. Very few believed 30 years ago, that it would ever be possible to accomplish. But it was. So. Lets make a competition. The goal: to make bees suitable for commercial beekeeping. As this is about the biggest forums for at least English speaking tf beekeepers in the whole world, this would be a perfect forum to start. And since it is our competition, we can make our own rules.
What is needed? Well defined goal and method to measure the winner. We need a price for the winner, preferably something more than a piece of paper. I can donate 100$ to start. Some 10 years is needed for the breeding work and 5 years to measure the results. So we have plenty of time to figure out. Breeders can start right away. The result could be measured for instance in three or more places in the world (warm, cold and temperate regions, for instance) by selected beekeepers, who are not taking part. And some kind of average is calculated from those results. Maybe some research institutes or universities get interested too.
If somebody has already started, it doesn't matter, because they must maintain their stock and keep going towards that kind of bees the competition rules demand. And shouldnīt the glory belong anyway to those who predicted the need for resistant bees? Consumers notice this competition and think that all beekeepers are responsible, because we want to have change to this tricky situation and vicious circle.