Apicultural Review Letters

Letter # 1
2005 October 28


On Longlasting Fertility In Ecological Beekeeping

What is the point with the new Apicultural Review Letters? You’ll find peer-reviewed old and new texts around beekeeping considering the charakter of bees but also nature and environment, peer-reviewed old and new practice in apiculture. At last after all critical overview over the  present situation we nedd to keep en eye on the "longlasting fertility in apiculture".

„If there’s nothing new, nothing became old" (M. Eckhard)

"Who knows the right and does not do it, is lacking in courage." (Konfuzius)

The founder of the Waldorfschool and biologic-dynamic agriculture (Rudolf Steiner/Phd) considered Apiculture to be so important that he started 1923 lectures "on the charakter of bees".

For him it was a matter of "longlasting fertility in apiculture" in contrast to success for a short time in artificial beekeeping. As generally in agriculture, also here apply that it is something different if one gives free play to nature and only bring it on correct tracks or if one carry something artificially in this matter.

You can find interesting comparisons in these lectures, for instance worker bees and bloodcells, drones and nerve cells, bees and wasps (bees as in ancient times breeded wasps); he tells us about the importance of insects in nature (more important than pollination is the distribution of natural formic acid); about swarming, which is a crucial need of the bees (linked to bee poison and three infinitesimal eyes on the forehead, about which science didn't find out the meaning until now - but it's not surprisingly as for the time being only 1 % of the bee's behavioral repertoire has been dicovered and documented by scientists).

He speaks about the relation between brain and formic acid (which can be found in honey and bee poison), and if there is not enough formic acid in the human body, soul and spirit were not  able to be kept together.

In other words: Everybody should be very much interested in beekeeping, "because more than one thinks human life depends on beekeeping."

Complete edition of letters published in Online-Magazine "Apiculture"

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