Today is World Bee Day so we’re drawing attention to an article published in The Lancet medical journal in Dec 2018 [“Planetary electromagnetic pollution: it is time to assess its impact” – Bandara, Carpenter]
The Lancet article reported the following:“the reported global reduction in bees and other insects is plausibly linked to the increased radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation in the environment. Honeybees are among the species that use magnetoreception, which is sensitive to anthropogenic electromagnetic fields, for navigation.”
According to a 2017 study cited in the article, the study authors (from Assam Agricultural University) concluded that “Apis cerana (bee) colonies in close proximity to cell phones towers were most affected by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the cell phone tower.
The flight activity and returning ability of worker honey bees were maximum in colonies placed at 500m and minimum at 100m from the tower. There was no significant difference in the pollen foraging behaviour of foragers in various treatments.
Findings of several works reported sharp decline and potential health hazards in honey bee populations due to cell phone radiation and could considerably weaken the infrastructure of food webs. The EMRs may harm the health of honey bee in the long run…”