Ahhhh! Where are the Bees?!

We may possibly be doomed due to cell phones (Via Jeffrey):

I wrote an entry in my Livejournal regarding the cellphone/bee thing. I really hope the bee thing turns out to be okay, but I think it’s something people really need to pay more attention to instead of the Annual Guy on American Idol Who Can’t Sing Very Well.

From the article in the Independent:

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.

If you don’t mind food shortages then this is no big deal. But if you do I humbly suggest getting a bit curious. Perhaps cell phones are not to blame (or not solely to blame). However occasionally technological advancements have undesirable effects. Like killing butterflies. When humans walk around this planet of ours we have a pretty damn big footprint. We can’t always see everything we’re about to step on. The least we can do is to take a look at our the bottom of our boots from time to time.

UPDATE:  It appears as though fungus is to blame.  (via slashdot).

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7 Responses

  1. The best thing about a connection between bloggers is that we often cover the same stories, but we add our individual take and additions which enlarges our understanding.
    Thanks so much for yours.

  2. This story need to get into the general public’s conscieousness. Thaks for adding your voice. We may not know what exactly is killing off the bees, but we damn well better find out and fast!
    Of course getting our government to actually do something about it, well that is another matter.
    As much as I hate cell phones, I hope they aren’t the problem because most people in this country would rather starve than give up their precious little devices.

  3. Not this girl, D-day. I’m one of the very last to not have a cell phone. I fear becoming one of those jabbers in supermarkets and cars. I don’t need to be that connected.

  4. Ahh! Oops Mirth! I’ve been following this on my favorite webcomic (overcompensating) (well, possibly next to dr mcninja), and was excited that there now seems to be a hypothesis in place. Your point on passing legislation to try and fix the problem is salient and worrying.

    I do hope our precious little devices are not to blame. Oh the tragedy! (D-day, that is quite a nifty turn of phrase).

    I avoided getting a cell phone for a while, and got one just when I graduated college. Its been indispensable. It really would stink if I had to give it up. Eating is slightly more important though. I say, bring on the satellite phones!

    (It does raise an interesting question. What if it was the internet that was somehow at fault? All those dang intertubes choking our American way of life?)

  5. As long as I don’t get a cell phone, I won’t realize how indispensable they are.

  6. True. But then, my intention isn’t to argue against technological advancements. It is to promote caution and a wider range of testing, as well as a faster response time when the unexpected occurs. We rush some drugs to market for profit reasons (while keeping others in testing for political reasons). We let industry funded groups tear apart any research that threatens profit margins. When identifiable risks are known, politics can keep meaningful precautions in committees for years.

    If this is the case, it is yet another painful example of our priorities being really screwed up as a nation.

  7. Annual Guy on American Idol Who Can’t Sing Very Well.

    Well they took care of that one! One down…

    Now lets take care of the cell phone issue. Paula, Simon? Care to respond? Care to tell America how your show among the many is a distraction from real life? And then tell us what you know about this cellphone/bee issue.

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