The Revolution in Honey Production




Garden & Nature

Torben Schiffer


Language of origin

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160 pages
170 colour photographs
10 illustrations,

On the true nature of honeybees

For 45 million years now, colony-forming honeybees have borne a considerable proportion of the ecosystem on their shoulders. Natural selection has ensured that only the best-adapted bee colonies have survived the long periods of evolutionary change. Torben Schiffer documents how and why these fascinating insects survive, far from human impacts, and contrasts their life in honey-producing hive conditions with their life in the wild. The author argues both passionately and convincingly for a nature conservation programme for this key species. Accordingly, on the basis of his own observations, he has established the world’s first conservation concept for treatment-free beekeeping as appropriate to the species.

Torben Schiffer

I started beekeeping by studying biology at the University of Hamburg. I first learned this from my beekeeping father in a very conventional and "conformist" way. This meant using hives made of Segeberger polystyrene foam, regularly taken out of the honey, used door barriers, escaped bees, detoxified with formic acid, deciphered weak and thorny people, stopped enthusiasm by bursting cells and cells, etc. The more I learned, the more dissatisfied I became with the accepted practices of beekeeping. In the beekeeping associations, the topics: honey production, the use of chemicals against varroa mites, the loss of populations and so-called "pure reproduction" seemed to be the priority. The loss of populations was always considered unnatural - the Varroa mite, the weather or the pesticides used in agriculture were always to blame. I have never heard a word of self-criticism, I have never seen a beekeeper who first wondered whether he was doing everything right.
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