Is Colony Collapse the Price of E.M.F. Progress?
Presentation to the Beekeepers Association, Glastonbury 9th August 2008 Mast Sanity
Mr Ferguson purchased a Georgian house in Bath. The only problem appeared to be 30 nests of bees sharing the same property. Everything was tried to rid his house of bees, but all efforts failed. Then Mr Ferguson installed a WiFi system; the bees left and never returned. (1)
Similarly, when University Scientists placed a DECT phone near hives, both the weight of the honeycomb and the numbers of bees returning to the hive decreased. During one experiment, no bees at all returned. (2)
The common denominator here is that both WiFi and DECT transmit microwaves, common to mobile phones, TETRA, all similar devices and their transmitters. Microwaves are made up of both electric (like static) fields and magnetic (like magnets) fields.
Bees use the Earth’s magnetic field to help them both position themselves and navigate. To do this, they have magnetic materials in their heads, thoraxes and abdomens. (3) These particular magnetic materials can be re-magnetised by a stronger magnetic field (it is one way of making magnets). Once magnetised this stronger field will remain. Subsequently, their particular directional finding mechanisms can inadvertently misdirect them.
Let’s put this into some sort of perspective:
Honeybees have been shown to be sensitive to magnetic field differences of (1nT) one thousand millionth of one magnetic unit (the Tesla). (4) The Earth has both an horizontal and vertical magnetic field which the honeybee will both detect and use for positioning. Permitted magnetic field levels from transmitters are roughly 640 times greater than that of the bee’s most sensitive level; this is without considering any pulsing and accumulative effects from other nearby transmitters – e.g. mobile phones and WiFi. The Earth’s magnetic field is a static field, whereas the transmitters use an oscillating field; these fields have different properties. Imagine you are driving along a strange motorway and, instead of seeing one traffic sign, you see 640!
A problem humans living near transmitters often encounter is acoustic vibration (vibrating pipes, metallic conduits, even bed-springs), sometimes called resonance. Any constant rhythmic variation from a force (wind/electromagnetic/mechanical) can cause resonance in the atomic layout if the recipient/object is “tuned in” to that frequency. Keep reading