Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I never trusted the cell phone. I don't have one because in reality I have no one to call and I am home most of the time so I don't need an entertainment device to carry around with me.
I also was always a bit worried about them after I learned that alot of the same tech that goes into police radar guns went into cellphones. There have been a sharp rise in the incidences of testicular cancer that has been traced back to cops resting those radar guns on their laps. As much as I don't want ball cancer I also don't want brain cancer. The data will take decades of testing to develop but what if it is determined that the cell phones are not safe?
I also have been following the death of bees in extraordinary numbers over the past few years. Whole colonies just collapsed and the reasons had science stumped. Was it a virus that killed the colonies or something more scary. What if, according to some, the cell phone towers that have gone up so quickly during the cell phone boom, have been the cause of the deaths of the bees? Nature has a way of warning us of danger if we can only see the pattern. So goes the bee, so goes all the rest of us.
Bees are vitally important to the pollination of most of our food crops and without them we could find ourselves with shortages unlike anything we have seen before. High food prices take away from disposable income that is necessary to keep the economy running and the economy needs to be strong so that people can work and provide for their families. It's all interconnected and like dominoes can fall apart with only the lightest of pressure. Check out what happened in India when scientists tested out that theory.
"A new study has suggested that cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world. Bee populations dropped 17 percent last year, according to the British Bee Association, and nearly 30 percent in the United States says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parasitic mites called varroa, agricultural pesticides and the effects of climate change have all been implicated in what has been dubbed “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). But researchers in India believe cell phones could also be to blame for some of the losses. In a study at Panjab University in Chandigarh, northern India, researchers fitted cell phones to a hive and powered them up for two fifteen-minute periods each day. After three months, they found the bees stopped producing honey, egg production by the queen bee halved, and the size of the hive dramatically reduced."
Posted by Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness at 3:11 PM