It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail. They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. 

Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well. The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up...

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If it is ever proven that cell phones are killing off bees, should we do something about it?
It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world`s harvests fail. They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops.

Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well. The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees` navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up...

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15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 2:03:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is really bizarre - I wish it wasn't undetermined!

Einstein on Bees

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 2:52:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
what's weird is that I was just about to write a question about this. perhaps it's been on TV recently
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 3:58:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely.
We need bees more than we need cell phones.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 4:46:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/23/2007 2:52:25 PM glennh70 wrote:
what's weird is that I was just about to write a question about this. perhaps it's been on TV recently

I bet it was in your area, since the article is from the UK - I haven't heard anything about it except the two articles I posted, but I don't watch much television news so I don't know if it's a subject of conversation in America yet or not.

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 4:51:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
We probably should do something about it, but we won't unless we come up with a way to make cell phones with no radiation.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/23/07 - 4:59:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it sounds like it will have a big impact.
15 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/24/07 - 3:52:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe so. I love bees.

Even if people don't like bees, I'm sure they like flowers. With that in mind, I think people should consider the effect that drastically lowering the bee population would have on the flowers that we all enjoy.

15 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 4:14:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 4/24/2007 3:52:17 PM melLowStar wrote:
I believe so. I love bees. Even if people don't like bees, I'm sure they like flowers. With that in mind, I think people should consider the effect that drastically lowering the bee population would have on the flowers that we all enjoy.

Not to mention fruit trees.....
15 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 4:17:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bill Oddie said it wasn't the phones this morning on TV, sounds good enough for me!
15 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 4:23:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is wonderful! I hate bees. I need more cellphones!
15 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 4:29:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ofcourse there should be something done about it.
15 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/25/07 - 4:33:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
What exactly are we supposed to do about it?
When I first read this question, I was honestly like, "And this matters because...?" But then I read the thingy about food shortages in the world's harvests.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/2/07 - 3:34:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely, make them more powerful, so none of the little buggers come anywhere near me. It's either me or them.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/18/09 - 11:30:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is good ... people hate bees but don't realize how important they are!

Researchers May Have Found the Cure for Dying Honey Bees
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/18/09 - 12:47:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course.
12 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/12/09 - 12:44:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
12 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/12/09 - 1:11:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
with this on top of brain cancer, before too long cell phones will be the new cigarette.

(great movie)
12 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/14/09 - 1:44:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
f*ck bees
12 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/14/09 - 6:55:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hmmm. If colonies are collapsing, I would like an explanation as to why there are many bee hives and colonies within a 1 mile radius of my house. Populations phase in and out, its the course of life. Only about .01 of the species that have ever existed still exist. If bees are dying out, so be it. To blame it on our cell phones is ridiculous and childish.
12 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/16/09 - 12:53:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, something would have to be done. I'm not sure what, exactly... maybe zones where you'd be required to turn them off?
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/19/10 - 10:10:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/20/10 - 8:46:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 9/16/09 - 12:53:40 PM heatherlw wrote:
Yes, something would have to be done. I'm not sure what, exactly... maybe zones where you'd be required to turn them off?


There's no way that would be adhered to.

I'd hope that work was being done to help the situation, but in today's world, people can't be expected to simply not use their phones.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/20/10 - 10:39:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 9/14/09 - 1:44:38 PM mer_359 wrote:
f*ck bees

and again
12 yrs ago - Thursday 5/13/10 - 10:15:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
12 yrs ago - Thursday 5/13/10 - 11:06:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bees never really bothered me, but this sounds ridiculous no matter what proof they may find.

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