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Bee-population collapse, electric fields, and the implications for our health

Blaming our cell phones, electronic gadgets, and transmission towers for the mass decline in the bee population seems unbelievable, but that is indeed what some scientists are proposing. Apparently bees are particularly sensitive to electric fields - they carry an electrical charge naturally. Is it possible we've hit a tipping point with respect to the amount of electric fields in the atmosphere, and now the bees are dying out? The stats are astounding - 60% of commercial bees in western North America, 70% in eastern North America, and colony collapse has also been reported in Germany, Spain, Greece, England, Switzerland and Italy. Beekeepers say that the bees leave the colony and simply don't return. There is no doubt about the decline in the bee populations - the question that needs to be answered very urgently is why? Other theories include GMO foods, pesticide and herbicide use, some kind of mite or parasite, a disease, among others.  The problem is difficult to solve, as there do not appear to be any dead bees to study.

Albert Einstein supposedly suggested (no way to be sure if this is true!) that if the bees disappear, humankind has only about 4 or 5 years left, because bees are responsible for over 80% of the pollination of the plants. Once the plants are no longer viable, we've lost our food supply. Hopefully Einstein is wrong, and we have enough other pollinators to do the job should the bees not survive.

If we find out that electric fields are indeed what is causing the collapse of the world's bees, would you be willing to give up your electronic gadgets in order to be able to eat? How likely is it that transmission towers would be dismantled if it became clear that our lives depended on it, considering how slowly governments / companies / individuals are moving on climate change?

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Bee World
The Independent
The Economist
Apiculture and Colony Collapse Disorder

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