You must be itchn' for an argument, if you did not sense the sarcasm in BjornBee's reply. his comments had so much dry humor and sarcastic tone I rolled my eyes and chuckled. Only to eye roll and laugh more when you called him out on not applying the universal rules of science.
" I hope your comment on not challenging others and embracing every variety of snake oil was being ironic or even better a wind up"
me thinks you got your hope. ;)
You said: "if works use it? The ends justify the means? - child labour works, so does fear and terror. Is stressing bees into producing large amounts of honey ethically sound?"
I hope YOUR comment comparing child labor (read forced child labor) and "fear and terror" (Terrorism?) to experimental bee keeping techniques was also "being ironic or even better a wind up." :?
The fact is if it works, that is reason to investigate why it works. That is the scientific model. If we already know exactly what is best, not much reason to use science. In the end I agree with the bottom line of BjornBee sarcastic statement. Others, go ahead and try it, I would be interested to hear your experience, but I'm not willing to: 1) let my girls swarm in hopes i can lure or find the swarm to put into a new hive, or 2) hive bees in a place I can not inspect for disease which may threaten my other hives, or hives of my neighbors.