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Paperback, 285 pages.
Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is front-page news with the spread in recent years of the mysterious and deadly colony collapse disorder (CCD).Numerous pests have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, yet resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals, In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse-and not just for bees, fut for other living creatures and the environment as a whole.
Ross Conrad's Natural Beekeeping was first published on the heels of the CCD's widespread impacts-and since has become an invaluable resource of organically minded beekeepers. In this newly revised and expanded edition, Natural Beekeeping offers the same holistic, sensible, "do no harm" alternative to conventional chemical practices found in the original edition. This new edition also includes a comprehensive glossary for beekeepers new and old, as well as an extensive list of beekeeping resources.
Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced agriculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest management (IPM) approach, or someone who wants to sell organic honey at a premium price, Ross Conrad's Natural Beekeeping offers both a gentle philosophy and a wealth of valuable information.