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Could Cell Phones Be Killing the Honey Bee?

Elizabeth Renter
February 21st, 2013
Updated 02/21/2013 at 3:36 am
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cellphone3 265x165 Could Cell Phones Be Killing the Honey Bee?We need bees. Bees aren’t just responsible for keeping pretty flowers alive, they are essential for agriculture purposes and pollinating food crops as well. When the bees are in danger, people are in danger. And in case you didn’t know, these much needed insects have been on the decline for over a decade. We know they are affected by pesticides and illness. But cold weather, GMO crops, and cell phones/technologies are also being blamed.

While the cell phone theory isn’t accepted by all, Swiss researcher Daniel Favre has dedicated his research to connecting the dots between declining bee populations and increasing cell phone radiation.

Linking the Bee Decline to Cell Phones

Favre says that his research has exposed a link between the two—that honeybees exposed to cell phone radiation are likely to be confused and even to leave the hive, never to return again.

In his 2009 study, Favre placed cell phones in honey bee hives and observed what happened when the phones were active, inactive, powered down, or ringing. His findings: that bees weren’t bothered by inactive phones or those in standby mode. However, the bees exposed to ringing phones or ones that were active became confused and signaled each other to leave the hive.

The confusion and odd behavior didn’t stop when the phone stopped ringing—it continued for 12 hours after the phone went inactive again.

This, Favre says, indicates that bees are sensitive to the radiation that comes from phones.

Obviously, more research is needed to look at how phones, EMF, and radiation can affect hive behavior from a greater distance—not many people are placing calls in bee hives. Also worth examining is whether cell phone towers produce enough radiation to affect the hives. Because they are far larger and their exposure distance reaches further, they could potentially do more damage.

Favre believes towers can hamper the bees natural ability to navigate and find its way back to the hive.

“In one experiment, it was found that when a mobile phone was kept near a beehive it resulted in a collapse of the colony in 5 to 10 days,” says Favre, “with the worker bees failing to return home, leaving the hives with just queens, eggs, and hive-bound immature bees.”

Less controversial (though still debated by people with financial interests) is the link between pesticides and bee populations. A recent study showed that the bees are disappearing in large numbers due to a corn insecticide that is one of the most popular in the world.

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  • Rick Kasten

    pseudo-science alert!!!!

  • sheryl

    I have a cell phone tower behind my house which I am not happy about but…I also have lots of bugs dragonflies ,birds flowers and someone is raising honey bees back by the tower for honey ? Does not seem to affect them at all?

  • Daniel FAVRE

    “Active mobile phone handsets have a dramatic impact on the behavior of the
    bees, namely by inducing the worker piping signal ”

    “In natural conditions, worker piping either announces the swarming process of
    the bee colony or is a signal of a disturbed bee colony”

    “For future experiments, in complement to the present original study and in
    order to reach more “natural” conditions, mobile phone apparatuses should be
    placed at various increasing distances away from the hives”

    “We should ask ourselves, whether the plethora of mobile phone masts also
    have an impact on the behaviour of the honeybees”

    “Among other factors such as the varroa mite and pesticides, signals from
    mobile phones and masts could be contributing to the decline of honeybees
    around the world ; I am calling the international scientific community for more
    research in this field. ”

  • fee

    My feeling is that these things are also contributing to the great loss of: birds, dragonflies, butterflies and lightning bugs. As well as bees. All beautiful creatures that are really needed (well, I don't know about the lightning bugs and butterflies, are they are really cool)!

    And they are trying to attribute the decline of the birds to CATS for crying out loud! ''Oh we must destroy all the cats, as they are killing all the birds!'' The idiocy just astounds me! How long have birds and cats coexisted on this planet, without either one managing to get wiped out?

    But now, with all the new EMFs, microwaves, pesticides, etc, it is the CAT'S fault that birds are dying off! And now genetically modified mosquitos being thrown into the mix on top of everything else. How have these people gotten the power to put out all this poisonous, dangerous stuff to poison our world and our creatures and ourselves with? What gives them the right to do this to the population of the world, and of the animal and insect kingdom?

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  • brian

    The entire magnetic spectrum, electromagnetic spectrum of "matter" and energy of which our material world is made, is full of constructive and destructive interference's that will move matter up or down the energy ladder. This should be a main study as so much of life depends upon it. Damage or help may be rated in vibrations and its combination frequencies, the patterns and structure they create for matter to coalese.

  • jim

    The EMF’s play a larger role than the effect of the radiation in bees. Like birds and even humans, have a gene called cryptochrome that sense the earth’s magnetic fields and all for these birds to migrate to the same place year after year and for bees to return to their same hive. Cellular towers produce large enough amounts of EMF’s to distrupt these finely tuned sensors causing major disruption in how these animals work. Attached is a very intruiging documentary on the subject.

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