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09 March 2013

Wireless Technology is Fatal to Bees

The advocacy group, Next-Up published an article in French on 7 February 2013 entitled, “Wireless Technology is Fatal to Bees”. The article mentions the document by Ulrich Warnke, “Bees, Birds and Mankind : Destroying Nature by Electrosmog” from 2007. Dr. Daniel Favre, Vice-President of ARA (Association romande alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques, Morges, Switzerland – www.alerte.ch ) will deliver a presentation on « Influence of Electromagnetic Waves on the Behavior of Honeybees » during the 9th National Congress on Electrosmog, Bern, 20 April 2013. Here is the study by Dr. Favre, published in the journal “Apidologie” in 2011.

Here is the Abstract of Dr. Favre's presentation:

Abstract:  Influence of electromagnetic waves on the behaviour of honeybees 

In recent years, reports of a global loss of honey bees have risen owing to increased colony collapse disorder (CCD), which results in the extreme and sudden break down of colonies with no previous evidence of disease or parasitic infestation. CCD has serious implications for the production of many fruits and vegetables, which rely on insect pollination. Mites, pesticides, reduced immunity, bacterial and viral infections, genetically modified agricultural products and farming practices are suspected of playing a role in the disappearance of entire colonies.

According to reports in scientific journals and the media at large it is possible that mobile phones may also be contributing to this threat, since bees have difficulty in finding home when base stations for cordless phones are installed near colonies. Microwaves could therefore be partially responsible for the CCD syndrome. 

The potential effects of the electromagnetic fields of conventional mobile phones for honeybees were consequently tested. Case studies showed that bees felt disturbed by the signals of actively communicating mobile phones when users were encouraged to send beeps. These observations suggest that the bees are sensitive to pulsed electromagnetic fields. Above all, loss of bee colonies is observed in those parts of the world (North America, Europe, Australia, South Brazil, Taiwan and Japan) where mobile phone use is widespread. This raises the question of whether the relationship between CCD and an intensive use of mobile phones can still be regarded as pure speculation (DOI: 10.1007/s13592-011-0016-x).

Dr. phil. nat. Daniel Favre is a biologist and beekeeper consultant and vice president of the ARA (Association Romande Alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques). He has worked as a molecular biologist with the hepatitis B and C viruses, and found a method that makes it possible to infect cell cultures with these viruses in vitro. In the last five years he has devoted himself to the bees and conducted independent studies to investigate the effect of electromagnetic radiation on the behaviour of bees. www.alerte.ch

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