Honeybees’ Lifespan and Health are Declining. Two primary reasons:

  1. Agro-chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) from nearby farmfields
  2. Chemical treatments from conventional beekeepers (ApiVar, ApiStan, Oxalic/Formic Acids, Thymol, etc.)
Conventional Beekeepers Treat Honeybees with Chemicals, Acids or Oils, Adversely Affecting the Bees’ and the  Honey.
Keep apiaries far removed from agrochemicals
Keep apiaries far removed from agrochemicals!
Apiaries need to be miles away from conventional farm fields replete with agro-chemicals.

Studies show that chemical and so-called ‘organic’ treatments of honeybees adversely affect the bees’ health 

Beekeeping mite treatments vs. treatment free. Treatments discussed: miticides, acaricides,  apivar, formic acid, mite away quick strips, formic pro, oxalic acid vaporizer, oxalic acid drip, oxalic acid sublimation, thymol, apiguard, apilife var. Also discussed: brood breaks, hygienic bees, varroa mites, future of beekeeping. 

Any chemical or ‘organic’ mite treatments interfere with natural selection by selecting for weaker beekeeper-dependent bees and stronger treatment-adapting mites. Meanwhile, feral bees have learned how to coexist with mites by natural selection:

Is it OK to split a honey bee colony (aka create an artificial swarm) such that one of the resulting [2] colonies will temporarily have no foraging bees?  Although a new generation of foraging bees will appear from larvae, according to a new study below, without learning from an older generation of foragers by observation, the newly hatched foragers that did not learn from their “older experienced teachers” will keep making a lot of mistakes with signalling the distance to foraging resources.