A biologist and beekeeper from canton Vaud in Switzerland, Dr. Daniel Favre, is about to show that the many telephone exchanges at the end of the year perturb bees in their hives. This article, "Bees Detest the New Year" by Michel Perret appeared in the Swiss newspaper Le Matin on 14 November 2011.
Bees detest the New Year! Biologist and beekeeper Daniel Favre has proven this. Exchanges of New Year's wishes, an electromagnetic tempest of 130 million SMS's and innumerable phone calls batter the beehives during the passage to the New Year.
"The result? The bees are all perturbed and produce at this period an abnormally loud sound, whereas before and after the New Year, they are calm. My experiments thus support the hypothesis that the waves frommobile phone technology do not allow them to prosper.”
Last May, a study by Daniel Favre published in the review Apidologie demonstrated that bees are perturbed by mobile phones functioning near their hive. And this, to the point of emitting the signal to swarm sometimes at a bad moment and thus, causing them to gather honey during a period when the weather and lack of flowers can prove fatal to them.
Realized during the New Year in 2010 and 2011, the experiments of the Vaudois, made public today, supports the hypothesis that even waves coming from mobile phones functioning far from beehives are harmful. “But in order to be statistically significant, these results should be reproduced in other parts of Switzerland, not only in the beehives of Epalinges and Morges,” says Daniel Favre.
The scientist thus hopes to convince other beekeepers to reproduce his experiment. According to him, 50 are necessary in urban areas as well as in the countryside. For this, each hive must be equipped with a microphone, a recorder and a little patience.
“If, thanks to them, my hypothesis is confirmed on a large scale, we must sit down at the table with telecoms operators in order to find technological solutions that are less disrupting.” Bees are responsible for around 63% of world pollination required to maintain the food supply. However, since several years ago, nearly everywhere in the world, bees are dying on a massive scale. Most scientists point the finger at the varroa parasite. Daniel Favre does not question the opinion of his colleagues but reminds them, and they also admit this, that other factors including electromagnetic waves could aggravate the phenomenon. He believes he is on the verge of affirming this hypothesis.
(Thank you to the Swiss electromagnetic advocacy group, ARA - Association Romande Alerte - www.alerte.ch for permission to reproduce this article. Translation into English by Meris Michaels)