It was a great report to post. Even though certain aspects of it drives me nuts. It was still a good report. I want people if they choose to go chemical free to have good reasons behind it. I want people who use chemicals to have good reasons behind their choices. I may not agree but I very much respect Finsky's POV on this matter.
If you want me to give you an example of how that can go badly. I have another forum where I posted a discussion on vaccines. You would not believe how many people will not do them. Or give them to their kids and then claim religous reasons. When questioned about their research all them claim to have done research but most of them never get beyond a newspaper article. I don't want this thread to take a highjack so please if members want to discuss that go to the Coffee House.
I think chemicals have their place, right now my hives are not one of them.
currently on layover in Houstonat the bar with a Bass Ale and some dinner.
Very well said and I couldn't agree more. There is nothing wrong with having different views and values and disagreeing. But the important part that you have identified is the respect for others in their decisions. Each person needs to evaluate their situation and decide what best fits their needs. I personally have not used hard chemicals in about 10 years, but still rely on some of the softer chemicals on an as needed basis.
It only hurts the reputation of the chemical free position when some of the members feel the need to express their uneducated opinion and group all chemicals as one and the same. There is not a beekeeper that I know that wouldn't prefer not having to treat. Unfortunately it is not that simple and an individual's circumstances dictate what they need to do. It is easy to advocate a "let bees be bees" policy when you have only a few hives and minimal financial impact if they should perish.
As you can tell, just like certain aspects of the report drives you nuts, people not understanding that "no treatment" is not an option for everyone drives me a little nuts (OK, a little MORE nuts
Have a safe trip, and I'm still waiting for your visit to the NorthEast. Hopefully in February