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Beekeeper Lothar Pettkus says he is on
beekeeping for the past 52 years at his
is not bragging; this is what I can do. I can
operation on Pleasant Corners Road.
help beekeepers here. If this could be
He is convinced that his tried and true
“I want to share my knowledge,” says
methods, which include a hive “cloning”
Pettkus who is trying to draw the attention
it would improve their agriculture.”
technique, can counter the effects of colony
of the press, beekeepers and government
collapse disorder and help resolve food
towards his hive reproduction system.
Beekeepers’ Association, he presented his
shortages in the Third World.
While some have called his approach
“easy way of making nucs.” A nuc is a
Pettkus uses a lot of numbers and
“novel,” other beekeepers note that his
statistics to state his case for “the magical
“cloning” is similar to hive splitting, a
Scientists are trying to understand the
thing” he has to offer.
critical element of honey production that
cause of the sudden death of bee colonies
But he stresses the most important
dates back to 6000 B.C.
since late 2006 across North America. A
number to retain is 613-678-2496.
“I created bees where there was nothing
University of Guelph researcher has cited
That is the phone number of the 80-year-
Varroa mites as the culprits.The demise of
old who has been making a living from
I can replace as many bees as I want. This
hives has widespread implications for
agriculture in general. If there are no bees,
there is no crop pollination.“Even if the
bees die off, I can raise more bees than are
dying. Anybody can do this without any
money, just some work and knowledge,”
6 . 24 % SINCE ITWAS CREATED
says Pettkus. “I can raise over 2,000 hives
in a season.”By keeping bees indoors
during the winter, his hives consume 15
pounds of food to get through the season;
an outdoor hive would consume 60
pounds per winter. “During the winter, I
feed them like cows in a barn, creating an
artificial honey flow from barn to the
hives.” He adds: “I want to share my
knowledge. It makes me happy to do this.
This is what I would like to do for
civilization before I croak. I believe in God
and the after-life. I will have such a life...
a life that is out of this world. Look what
I can do with only three per cent of my
brain. This is a blessing. Imagine what I
can do with 100 per cent of my brain. I will
be better than Einstein.”
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