Gunther Hauk The Honeybee Crisis; Real Causes and Solutions
It is often difficult to discern between causes and symptoms when looking at illness. In our culture viruses, bacteria and parasites are mistakenly seen as the cause for illness. When in reality, they are the symptoms of a weakened immune system. When we are healthy, we can ward off disease more easily. At this time of severe honeybee crisis, we must ask ourselves not only which agricultural practices and chemicals contribute to the severe colony losses, but also which beekeeping practices have been developed over the last 150 years which contribute to weakening the immune system of the honeybee. It is time, and of the highest importance, to face the fact that beekeeping practices have become as exploitive and mechanized as the rest of our agricultural practices. Biodynamic, sustainable beekeeping methods offer real solutions.