For years the declining population of honey bees has been attributed to mites. But now a new culprit may have been found: radiation emitted from cell phones, AOL’s Small Business reports.
Says the article: "Researchers fitted cell phones to a hive and powered up the phones for two 15-minute periods each day. Three months later, the honey stopped. The Queen Bee also had trouble with her egg production, and the size of the hive diminished."
"There may be reason to sound the alarm," the article continues, "Bees pollinate 90 percent of commercial crops, worth $12 billion in the United States, according to CNN. But almost every country has a thriving beekeeping industry. A lot of money — not to mention food — stands to be lost if bees someday die off.
The article concludes, "as the theory gains traction, other scientists are taking a closer look. As CNN reported, Andrew Goldsworthy, a biologist from London’s Imperial College, has studied the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, and thinks that changing phone frequencies might help cell phones and bees peacefully co-exist. Goldsworthy thinks that the problem with the radiation might be due to the pigment in bees called cryptochrome. They use that to sense the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, which helps them navigate their way back to the hive. If the frequency is changed, that might allow them to use their cryptochrome as nature intended."