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April 17, 2007 – Comments (3)

Tip of the blade here.

Stuck in and twisted: 

Make that the honeybee effect, or lack thereof. An interesting article from U.S. News and World Report (based on work from the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium) documents a dramatic and mysterious collapse in honey bee colonies.

"So what?" you ask? You might not question for long -- not if you buy almonds or any of the myriad other bee-pollinated products that line the shelves at Whole Foods Markets (Nasdaq: WFMI). Fewer bees means higher prices for pollination, and the buck will be passed...

 

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#1) On April 17, 2007 at 9:09 PM, dwot (46.63) wrote:

I saw that the bee population had mysteriously died, but I didn't think about how they play such a roll in pollination.

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#2) On April 17, 2007 at 9:23 PM, KintheOC (89.89) wrote:

This article says mobile phone signals could play a role in the global demise of honeybees :( 

http://tinyurl.com/3cutao

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#3) On April 18, 2007 at 9:31 AM, TMFBent (99.81) wrote:

Heh, most of those "mobile phones will get us" stories that I have seen have some pretty amazingly flawed logic.

I find this bit to be telling:

Now a limited study at Landau University has found that bees refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. Dr Jochen Kuhn, who carried it out, said this could provide a "hint" to a possible cause.

Are beekeepers keeping handsets on their hives? Somehow I doubt it.

Mobile phones are just radios, after all.

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