Blogging frustrates me because when I think I am communicating with beekeepers, I am not. Just when I think I am being crystal clear, the reader comments prove me wrong. It can get so bad, that I wonder why I bother.
Yesterday’s post on organic sugar vs. refined sugar elicited a barrage of comments, e-mails, and Tweets that proved that most people had no clue about what I was saying. Several readers insisted they would feed their bees only “wholesome brown sugar,” while others chimed in (again) on the evils of feeding sugar to bees and questioned the moral fabric of those who do. While in the past I’ve written ad nauseum on the rightness of feeding bees, I didn’t broach that subject yesterday.
The purpose of yesterday’s post was merely to compare two products as bee feed. End of story. The post was written for people who have already decided to feed their bees sugar and are wondering if it would be better to use organic sugar or regular table sugar. I thought it was an interesting question and I learned a lot, so I tried to communicate those findings to other beekeepers.
Making moral judgments without facts is silly
I seriously don’t believe I should have to reiterate the entire moral controversy about feeding every time I mention the word “sugar.” Surprisingly, questions about feeding bees outnumber nearly all others. Most of these folks want facts, not lectures.
In any case, my goal is not to persuade all beekeepers to do things my way but to provide alternatives based on as much science as I can dig up. If you are going to be one of those people who unsubscribe or un-friend me because I say something you don’t like, then go for it: this site is not for you.
I believe every beekeeper must make his or her own decisions; my job is merely to illustrate issues and alternatives. But, yes, I do have my own biases, things that irk me no end, and passion without knowledge is right up there.
Passion is great, but before you stomp willy-nilly on everyone around you, you need to have your facts in a row. If you can provide the scientific evidence that explains why I’m wrong about sugar in the bee diet, I am eager to read it.
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