Re: Do I really need to medicate?
I would have to agree.
Originally Posted by little_john
This probably is similar to Leo Sharashkin's case, deep in the Missouri Ozarks (another example of idealistic and preferred local setting).
For sure, we in the US have quite a few locations now with robust feral populations that allow the beekeeping be more normal (normal ~ similar to the pre-mite times).
The other locations have long to go yet to the same status (some probably never).
Such local distinctions must be always be identified and put up-front, before getting into any significant talks of T vs. TF.
Once these are clear to everyone, then we can try to achieve those particular distinctions in our own places too, if only feasible (TF is being the ultimate, long-term goal for everyone, no arguments there I am sure)
Just saying "do not treat" without qualifications is not sufficient, counter-productive, somewhat limited-minded, and even not entirely honest.
This is WITHOUT spelling out WHAT must be in-place and WHAT to expect - before you go for the "do not treat" and have some success.
this goes both ways - preaching to treat indiscriminately, without qualifications is the same - "not sufficient, counter-productive, somewhat limited-minded, and even not entirely honest";
especially in the US with the pending year 2020 with the current availability of information and the material;
especially when EVERYONE in theory and eventually wants to be completely treatment-free and done with, or so they say (but NOT the other way around);
so - someone must get started on this already but do it in a fully informed and systematic way.
Last edited by GregV; 09-20-2019 at 11:41 AM.
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