Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Would You Choose The Bees Over Your Cell Phone?


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."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/06/30/bee.decline.mobile.phones/index.html?hpt=C2

10 comments:

Wings said...

As long as I don't have to deal WITH the bees. :)

Cheeseboy said...

I think you know how I feel about cell phones. Ihate them. I hate bees too, so this makes perfect sense.

Budd said...

scarier than aliens, thanks now I will have nightmares.

Nathan said...

I remember hearing this story a few years ago, but I hadn't come across any updates recently.

Ricky Shambles said...

When I scanned my blogroll I swear your post was entitled "Would you Choose Beer Over Your Cell Phone?" and I was touched you would put forth such an terrifying and improbable question.

But now that I see it's a real question...geez. I'm actually writing a short story about a near-future Earth civilization that was devastated when that last tower went up, when our biology hit threshold.

I guess I choose beer in both situations.

Pearl said...

Really?! I had no idea.

Frowning with irritation,
Pearl

Megan said...

I choose bees.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I tell you gang, it's things like this that make me think maybe the Mayans were right. Everything comes together at the same time. We can survive maybe one thing but not all of them at once. You wait. Some numnut is going to get the idea that maybe we can burn away all the oil in the Gulf. I think when the waters are on fire we can officially throw in the towel.

Tempo said...

I hate cell phones..but I have one anyway. It's a necessary evil out here where coverage of house phones is still poor, though the whole ball cancer thing worries me a bit... thankfully I'm tall so the phone and the balls stay well apart.

TS Hendrik said...

I've heard about that. I love bees as you know. I've never owned a cell phone and I don't intend on it. Course Wifi is supposed to be just as bad if not worse.