Where have all the bees gone?

Many people know bees as those annoying bugs that will stig you if you get in their way. But bees have a much greater purpose. Besides making honey (which is awesome) they cross pollinate (aka take poland from a flower and spread it over fields creating more flowers and plants). This is a very important process because it's one of natures ways to create more plants.

Recently the bee population has been steadily lowering, but scientists have not been able to find out why. It is now thought that the radiation caused by mobile phones is causing the problem. "The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up." (http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2449968.ece)

Since the bees cannot find there way back to the hive they get lost and confused and eventually die. Since many worker bees (the ones that get the honey among other tasks) are dying its leaving very few bees left in the hive. Eventually they abandon the hive to look for other bees and a new home. Interestingly enough parasites and other wildlife won't touch the deserted hive.

The problem was noticed last fall, and now 70% of bees in the east coast (USA) have gone missing along with 60% in the west coast!!

This problem will spread to where ever there is mobile phones and bees, and it needs to be solved or it will mess up the whole food chain and we will be stuck. Think about it. Less cross pollination = less plants. Less plants = more carbon dioxide which is bad for the environment. Whatever the consequences are they will not be good. Something needs to be done now.

Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left".

Just a bit scary considering Albert Einstein was one of the smartest people ever.

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Posted on April 22nd, 2007 at 03:30pm


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