Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Jun 13, 2007 - Technology & Engineering
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The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held "Varroa Destructor," a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. "Natural Beekeeping" flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management. Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy-to-implement way. "Natural Beekeeping" describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest management approach or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you've been waiting for.

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I have read many beekeeping books, but this is the first one I have come across that gives specific ways to maintain organic hives. Conrad shares his own experiences as a beekeeper, as well as what ... Read full review

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A good book, tho not great. Has good and useful info in it, tho not much that can't be found elsewhere. His info and idea's on bee breeding are thought provoking, tho much of what he suggests has been done years ago.

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