Ross Conrad discusses Natural Beekeeping


Ros Conrad is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. 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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  1. Netsumer
    9:20 pm on January 30th, 2010

    Thank you !

    The best four minutes I have ever heard concerning Bee’s. The care and concern is paramount.


  2. menderfire9
    9:33 pm on January 30th, 2010

    You said it when you said, “Not treating them as a cog in a machine.” That way we are in tune with where they are at, what they need or don’t need. Like being in tune with our own bodies. We are all one with everything. Thanks for this video. I want to start keeping feral bees and do it the natural way. I will look for your book .

  3. kuragxo
    10:31 pm on January 30th, 2010

    Thanks for placing this online. Through conrad’s book, I started keeping bees this year.

  4. kuragxo
    10:33 pm on January 30th, 2010

    Thanks. After reading Conrad’s book last year I finally took up beekeeping

  5. fotohogger
    11:26 pm on January 30th, 2010

    Great attitude, great video. I to wish to keep honeybees as naturally as possible. Thank you for sharing this. Currently keeping 6 hives in city and 4 in rural area.

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