(originally published April 2007)
That’s the question causing a buzz around kitchen tables and at coffee shops these days. Just when global warming gets traction we’re stung with a precipitous decline of bee populations.
No bees means no pollination, which means no fruits and vegetables. These are important food items for those of you who have been otherwise technologically engaged.
Mind you, it’s not the catastrophic impact on our food supply that gets people’s attention as much as the possible culprit; their cellphone.
People don’t really don’t make the cellphone connection, so jokes fly.
And unfortunately, if people were asked which to give up – their cellphone or the bees – the bees would go the way of the dodo.
If you haven’t heard, bee colonies are collapsing. Normally, a 20% loss may be expected year-over-year but this year’s declines are 40, 50 and even as high as 80% in theEastern United States. Many suspects are on the table, herbicides, pesticides, parasites as well as genetically modified high-fructose feed and organisms.
But cellphones?! Cellphone radiation affects the bees navigation system which is based on magnetite ( like magnets ), so far found in pigeons and bats and salmon and dolphins and ants and bacteria and you and me. Though who needs navigation anyway with our new wireless global positioning systems?
In addition to magnetite, bees do something called a “waggle dance*”. Hey, ask the apiarists ( beekeepers ) in your neighbourhood. The thing is, they dance in a figure 8 to communicate “ information about the direction and distance to patches of flowers yielding nectar or pollen, or both, and to water sources “. [ * Google & Wikipedia ]
Dancing bees have a frequency of 200 – 300 Hz.
Pulsed cellular frequencies are 217 Hz. Do ya think?
A German study showed electromagnetic radiation causes bees to avoid hives. Bees avoiding hives? That can’t be good for pollination, making honey or anything really.
Our communication system messes with the bee’s communication system.
The study is entitled How Electromagnetic Exposure Can Influence Learning Processes and can be found at http://tinyurl.com/33opun.
And it’s funny because Dr. Henry Lai at Universityof Washingtonlooked at cell phone exposure and learning in rats showing it affected “short term memory”, “long term memory” and “ability to learn”. It’s entitled “Acute Exposure to pulsed 2450-MHz microwaves affects water maze performance in rats” and the abstract can be found at http://tinyurl.com/yqv4pl.
I had a study around here somewhere on cognition, recall and electromagnetic field exposure but where did I put it? Did you ever wonder whether your failing memory was not your failing memory but instead related to increasing “electrosmog” ? No?
Now’s your chance.
It’s a good thing we don’t allow our kids to use these cellphones. And fortunately,
we aren’t locating cell phone towers on school, library or church roofs just because they desperately need money. You know, otherwise, we might be inundated with all manner of learning disorders, ADHD or – God forbid – violence in our schools.
You may be thinking all that research is for the birds (and the bees)… not us.
So to determined skeptics who say ‘mind your own beeswax’, a belated Happy Earth Day, this may be Mother Nature with your wake up call.
All we are saying is Give Bees a Chance.