Friday, April 20, 2007

The Bees Have Gone Missing...

I used to get organic honey to go with the organic teas I sold at the store. I got the real kind from bee farmers in Oregon. The cost started to skyrocket so I called them to ask why. They told me that they were having a bad season and the price will probably settle down soon. It never did. The bees have gone missing.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The disappearance and deaths of millions of honeybees in nearly half of the nation's states is a mystery seemingly befitting an episode of "CSI" and is threatening an estimated $14 billion in crops that rely on pollination.

Every thing on the Earth serves a purpose even the smallest thing such as a bee. I used to hear this kind of thing all the time when I was a child growing up among the hippies of Cambridge, MA. What a surprise, they were right; they were right about almost everything it seems. We need the small creatures to pollinate our crops, which thus feed us. It is possible that cell phones might be causing the bees to die.

From a report from The Independent:

It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.

... the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.

...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.

This could be small thing to not worry about or yet another sign that the Earth is not feeling well. My bet is on the latter. We don't seem to think about the consequences of our actions, only the pleasures and conveniences that we demand. We are unquestionably doing damage to our home. I think that no one is disputing that anymore. I once heard some one say that the world has a fever and we are the infection. So what are we going to do about it? Are we willing to inconvenience ourselves a little to save our planet? I sure hope so. Because if we don't, we won't have a planet to save.


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