Comment: Though not an expert...

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Though not an expert...

I also have bees, and according to the guy who got me interested in beekeeping, the main problems are restricted to commercial beekeeping in which the hives are moved 5, 6 or even more times each season. His feeling is that it is primarily the stress caused by moving the hives repeatedly that causes the problems (at least when it comes to colony collapse) and, most importantly, this is something that home beekeepers don't need to worry about. In his words, there's beekeeping for love or for money. In the current market, the requirements to make money have pushed the bees beyond their stress limit.

Fortunately, for those of us who still want to do it "for love," there seems to be no fundamental threat or limitation. There is also the issue of independence and the fact that the market situation can change making home beekeeping also profitable in the future. With that in mind, I would encourage everyone who is interested and can to consider home beekeeping.