been doing it for almost 10 years now, I am very fussy what goes into my hives. I do treat for mites with formic acid a chemical that is in the honey naturally at 4%. Formic acid is the only thing I put in any of my hives, I use no antibiotics ever. I disagree that migratory beekeepers stress the bees too much. I had been going to Texas in winter and that is when my bees get in the best condition no GMOs in site. This year I stayed home because of the mild winter.
I have actually linked my bees dying from the corn. I used to take all colonies to a holding yard, held up to 300 there at 1 time. A neighbour came a told me my bees where over in his corn bins rolling in the corn. With no other pollen source at that time, October, they where getting a lot of it. That was the first year I noticed a problem my best colonies, had died out within 3 weeks. They were full of honey and syrup I had fed them, but had a few bees left with the Queen. Bees had just disappeared. That happened in 2004 0r 05 I believe. It is not the GMO's that are killing the bees, it is the pesticide seed coating.
Also they said don't feed syrup leave honey, well this year I tried that lost more than ever. It is a shame that the environment is so toxic to them, but there is no place to get away from it.
Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed