As bee populations decline the world over, the mystery over what has been causing their demise may finally be getting solved as cell phone dangers to bees are revealed. Everything from global warming, to genetically modified crops to pesticides and chemical fertilizers has been blamed for colony collapse, but what if it is something more invisible and insidious than any of these causes? What if it is cell phone radiation?
Researchers at a Punjab University studied bee productivity and behavior and determined that mobile phone emissions dramatically affect activity within the hive. The experiment compared two hives – one outfitted with two active cell phones, the other with inactive pseudo-phones. The active-cell-phone hive was exposed to emissions for a total of thirty minutes a day for 90 days.
Less Nectar, Fewer Eggs in Cell Phone Exposed Hive
The beehive that was outfitted with active cell phones was dramatically smaller in size than the control hive. When compared her healthier counterpart, the queen bee of the radiated hive laid far fewer eggs– less than half. The drones from the exposed hive had greatly slowed production of honey.
The worker bees in the hive exposed to cell phone radiation returned to the hive in fewer numbers so the nectar produced was far less abundant.
Cell Phone Radiation a Contributing Factor in Declining Bee Populations
The study’s researchers stated in their findings: “Increase in the usage of electronic gadgets has led to electropollution of the environment. Honeybee behavior and biology has been affected by electrosmog since these insects have magnetite in their bodies which helps them in navigation.”
It may not be the only factor in disappearing honeybee hives, but the evidence from this and other studies suggests that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones must certainly play a part. I, for one, find it alarming that an insect as important as the honey bee is facing annhilation.
Our entire eco-sphere’s health depends on the activity of bees. You and I depend on bee activity for our food supply. A significant number of agricultural crops depend on bee pollination, and the interaction between bees and flowering plants is crucial to our survival. I think it is safe to say that honey bee extinction is not an option.
One thing is clear: an irreplaceable creature of nature is disappearing too rapidly. We may find ourselves following suit if new solutions to thwart this danger from cell phones are not immediately and vigorously pursued.