Those waves of radiation emitting from your cell phone have been linked to everything from cancer and brain cell death to infertility. Now, a new (and controversial, as these things go) report links cell phone radiation to crop failure – as a result of the “radiation from mobile phones…interfering with bees’ navigation systems.” The effect of the bees’ subsequent inability to go about their happy pollinating ways has been theorized to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD.
CCD occurs when the bee colony suddenly up and disappears, leaving just the Queen and some eggs and immature workers in the hive. The mass exodus may be linked to cell phone radiation causing the bees to loss their way and die far from the hive. Without a bee hive, crops that depend on pollination are left barren and unable to carry on. Huge crop die-offs could be a real threat to human existence, so it’s kinda scary.
The US has seen 60-70% of its bee population disappear as of last Autumn. Even England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece have reported mysterious abandonments of bee hives.
But fear not (yet, at least), the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK has insisted that there is no evidence of CCD. It’s almost impossible to nail down the effects of cell phone use, so take that with a grain of salt. And, just to be safe, try to limit your cell phone blabbing until we know, for sure, what the dangers are.