11 May '11, 2pm
"Tough Love" Beekeeping Let's Weak Bees Die
Bees may not be headline news anymore, but from disease to mites to pesticides to the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder, the challenges they face are as serious as ever. As Discovery launches a network-wide push on the fight to save the honeybees , it makes sense to listen to all voices in the beekeeping community—including those who are stepping outside the realm of conventional wisdom. I wrote before about the Bee Whisperer Jeremy Marr and his efforts to build an experimental apiary . Convinced that many of the issues faced by honeybees relate back to overly-domesticated breeds, as well as too heavy a reliance on chemicals, Marr was instead interested in exploring less interventionist methods that allow bee strains to sink or swim of their own accord.