Do you enjoy eating? Then you may not be too happy if bee populations plunge. That’s because out of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees–and according to the UN, local drops in the bee population are being reported by beekeepers all over the planet.
According to Favre, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, phone signals may confuse honeybees so much that they become disoriented before finally dropping dead. Read more about his research at http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:N0ppu0Y_5FIJ:www.kokopelli.asso.fr/documentation/favre.pdf+bee+decline+cell+phones+Daniel+Favre+Apidologie&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjjDcc2b4oqLkwW1XJMr2rIDbflf6yfRWieHJaUySHuB9vJJgBWFRz8TpgDKG3qMzxDDLaKh5Xz4XQwgp3eULjohbelrZmFOds5ITS1S7Q3AU3QHlyvB3FwhTJ20HNYdvx4hLKW&sig=AHIEtbQxF1S3w2zuRz_22eTZPX0lS4Q5EQ&pli=1
But cell phones may not be the only problem.
Pesticide is also thought to be killing honeybees. And the UN suspects that several other factors are all working together to kill bees, including air pollution (this can disorient bees), virulent fungal pathogens that are spread via trade, and climate change (altered rainfall patterns can change plants’ flowering times, which in turn affects nectar supplies). It’s possible, in other words, that modern society in general is to blame for the death of the bees.