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Toward Saving the Honeybee
by Gunther Hauk
This long-anticipated book from a pioneer in the field of beekeeping addresses the current plight of the honeybee and that noble creature’s reaction to the past hundred years of hive mechanization and human manipulation. Hauk, a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for more than twenty-five years, approaches the bee “as a sick patient who has been trying for years to signal t ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 31st 2003 by Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
(first published January 1st 2002)
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I really liked Hauk's message in this book. I completely agree with his views on the detriment to the bees that humans have done with their "meddling" and disrespect of these creatures. These beautiful little creatures are fragile and rather than beekeep per se, an approach of bee guardianship seems to be one of love, respect, and regard for their innate behavior. His disdain of queen rearing for profit and the exploitation of the bees is one I respect and agree with, though this is an unpopular ...more
A biodynamic farmer in the tradition and wholistic approach that was championed by Rudolph Steiner, I was very interested in readng Gunther Hauk's theories on how to revitalize the honey bee population. In keeping with his contemporaries (i.e. Michael Bush and P.A Chandler) he advocates a return to more natural methods of bee stewardship. Yet, even though I have thoroughly read these other teachers, I truly appreciate Hauk's clear, concise style. I will definitely be incorporating this short yet ...more