Posted by: Green Knight | May 16, 2011

Bee Prepared

First of all, I don’t think cell phones cause cancer.  I think they interfere with the brain’s electrical patterns and turn people into arrogant drivers and rude restaurant patrons, but that’s just my hypothesis.  However, new evidence suggests that the frequencies at which they operate disrupt beehives.  Colony collapse disorder may be caused by phones sending out what, to the worker bees, is known as a “piping” signal (probably from a bosun’s pipe recognizing people coming aboard or leaving a ship), and saying it’s time to leave the hive and go do stuff.  They’re too disoriented to come home, and they die out there.

Honeybees were brought to North America by the Europeans, but now they pollinate about 70% of our crops.  Native pollinators exist, though they’re not as efficient, and I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to whether they’d increase population to fill the gap.  Transgenic crops that have built-in insecticidal properties are going to be harsh on all of them, and now we have this to worry about.

I get e-mails from CREDO all the time, a cell provider that’s big on being environmentally responsible, and sponsors petitions for positive eco- and social causes.  I now look to them to be the leaders in retuning frequencies so this doesn’t happen anymore.  I briefly had a company cell phone, but only used it for emergencies.  They’re great to have if you’re stranded somewhere, but otherwise I found them a nuisance, e.g. when the boss would call me at 2 a.m. for stupid reasons.

It’ll be interesting to see if the whole cellular industry has to do environmental impact statements from now on when they put up new towers.  Pollinator decline = food shortages.  I can envision people texting each other to figure out where they’ll meet for a nice luncheon of Soylent Green.

Here’s an article about the phenomenon: http://news.yahoo.com/s/digitaltrends/20110513/tc_digitaltrends/cellphonessignalsreallyarekillingthebeesstudyshows;_ylt=AtdVfCkvffkeMo8eKKGGfmtRF78C;_ylu=X3oDMTRlbnBkYmE2BGFzc2V0A2RpZ2l0YWx0cmVuZHMvMjAxMTA1MTMvY2VsbHBob25lc3NpZ25hbHNyZWFsbHlhcmVraWxsaW5ndGhlYmVlc3N0dWR5c2hvd3MEY2NvZGUDdG9wZ21wZQRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzEEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNjZWxscGhvbmVzc2k-

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  1. Since 80% of all world foodstuffs are pollinated by bees, this is important news. I think most of the problem lies with overuse of pesticides. There are intensive studies to try and find out what’s killing off the bee populations, but if they find a link to cell phone activity, we might as well kiss it all goodbye because some people I’m acquainted with would rather starve than give up their cell phones!


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