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How many times have you heard, or said, something along these lines; "The bees have been around for millions of years. If we just let them be, they will adapt and find a way to survive with mites." I have heard very smart and well educated lecturers, bloggers, and well-meaning beeks say this.
Now, I reject the notion that bees have been around for millions of years. But let's say this were true for a moment...According to biologists who should know, species go extinct all the time on this planet. Supposedly, even before man was on earth, there were 5 mass-extinction level events, as well as other natural reasons for extinction of individual species. These scientist now claim that man causes most of the issues today which bring about species extinction.
In the debate over treatment, or non-treatment for varroa, I believe we need to keep in mind that there is a very real possibility that bees could go extinct due to varroa. Or, they could go extinct due to human's throwing poisons and prescriptions in the box. I'm just pointing out that we don't really have the promise that the bees can be saved by us, whether we treat or not. If all bee keepers stopped using chemical treatments tomorrow, we are not guaranteed that the bees will "find a way." They could disappear. Or they could survive.
Personally, I believe we have been given stewardship of a wonderful creation, in these bees. They were designed to be a critical part of this creation, and they are a delight to us. I also believe they will survive with our help in some instances, and in spite of our "help" in other instances.
All this to say, I think it is awesome that we have a growing number of beeks who are going treatment free. This gives the bee a chance to find a way to coexist with the mites. I also think it is awesome that so many beeks are using various forms of treatments to combat Varroa. This is an insurance policy in case the bees can't find a way to coexist in time. I like diversity in attacking the problem.