Where are the honey bees?

Last night at dinner, my sister-in-law mentioned that for some reason honey bees are disappearing on a wide scale.   This is rather disturbing as these bees are responsible for pollinating a large amount of the plants which produce our fruits and foodstuffs.

One culprit supposedly is the widespread use of cellphones. It seems that the radiation emitted from cellphone usage may disorient the bees and prevent them from finding their way home.

Bummer! But more than just bummer, this is a major problem. I can’t see a whole bunch of people in fields with toothpicks. Has anyone ever seen that movie Phase IV?

New articles on honey bee disappearance:

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2 Responses to “Where are the honey bees?”


  1. 1 haxa April 19, 2007 at 3:24 am

    perhaps this would give a new meaning to organic farming – no cellphone usage or mobile signal surrounding the bees colony. it’d be awful that we’d have to pay higher price for honey in the near future or the next generation could only enjoy synthetic honey.

  2. 2 nkilkenny April 19, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    The problem we face may be even larger apparently (statistically speaking) every third bite of food we eat has been pollinated by honey bees. We might have to reduce cellphone coverage not just in areas that had bees, but in areas where bees act as major pollinators of food-producing plants. I think I may have to pass on the synthetic honey. Somehow we (humans) usually miss the mark on reproducing what nature creates easily. Though, sadly, I believe if we don’t act we may have to eat a lot of synthetically produced foodstuffs. There was an old Sugar Cubes song once that said… “All I get is space food in a tray!”


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