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The Plight of the Bee

Updated on March 4, 2015

Vegetation is the basic instrument the creator uses to set all of nature in motion.
Antoine Lavoisier

No part of the world can be truly understood without a knowledge of its garment of vegetation, for this determines not only the nature of the animal inhabitants but also the occupations of the majority of human beings.
Ellsworth Huntington

I am fascinated by the interactions between bees.
I am fascinated by the interactions between beekeepers.
-Marla Spivak

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Mae West

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

“Cell phones are so convenient that they're an inconvenience.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

“Technology offers us a unique opportunity, though rarely welcome, to practice patience.”
Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

Pollinators are what ecologists call keystone species. You know how an arch has a keystone. It's the one stone that keeps the two halves of the arch together. [...] If you remove the keystone, the whole arch collapses.
-May Berenbaum, PhD, Entomologist. From Silence of the Bees, PBS Nature.

Pollinators: These hardworking heroes of nature are not well understood but are clearly in peril… Loss of habitat, poisonings, and fragmentation of plant life on which they depend is reducing the number of pollinators alarmingly.
-US Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, September 30, 1998 speech, Austin, Texas

A cell phone has become a necessity in our life.


Because we use it for all kinds of purposes:

  • Store contact information
  • Make tasks or To-Do lists
  • Keep Track of appointments and Set Reminders
  • Use it as a Calculator
  • Use it as an Alarm Clock Send or receive emails
  • Get information such as news, stock quotes, entertainment from the internet Play Games
  • Watch our daily shows
  • Send Text messages
  • Integrate other devices such as PDA, MP3 players and GPS receivers
  • Can be used as a watch on our wrist
  • Can even be worn as eye glasses

Thanks to all the cell phone tower the companies are installing everywhere. We have coverage of our cell phone technology and are connected to mankind. We have brought this mini gadget everywhere, and all walks of life are seen carrying it around them.

We started off with something so simple such as staying in touch with a person when in need, but we have landed up with high-tech capabilities with a small phone.

Wow, men are such geniuses.


We have made our needs indispensable. We cannot do without it. We sleep with our phones next to us since we use it as our alarm clock. We keep it with us all the time since don't want to miss out on the phone calls and the daily scoop of news via the internet. We don't forget to carry it with us just as we don't forget to wear clothes every morning.


Have we ever thought of the consequences it has on our planet?

Mobile towers and cell phones are posing a threat to honey bees with the emission of its electromagnetic radiation. There has been a decline in the beehive population, and IF we do not take the necessary measures for removing these mobile towers, bees could be wiped out.

Alarming Studies

Studies show that when a mobile phone/cell phone is kept near a beehive. The colony of bee collapses in five to ten days, with the worker bees failing to return home, leaving the hives with just queens, eggs and immature bees.

Now, we have all learnt the benefits of bees and pollination. But in this hustle bustle of today's world we have to pause and think that, if there are no bees then where will all the vegetation go?

Ponder over this

How will we thrive on this planet?

Whom will we talk to on our mobile phones if there isn't many left?

We have some serious problem on our hand right now, and either we limit our cell phone coverage or lose vegetation.

Choice is ours, and we have to draw a line soon before we all turn into cannibals.


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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tammy,

      What a shame. The bees are getting it in the neck from everywhere. Pesticides, pollution and cell phone microwave towers.

      When will we wake up, and see what's going on?

      Votes all the way.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I have been worried about all the news coverage of the dieing bees for some time now, but had no idea a reason for it had been discovered. This is very scary, because a world with no bees would soon become a world with no trees or vegetation in general. I haven't been using my cell much lately, but I used to all day every day, I feel a bit guilty now. I fear that we will be unwilling to let go of something we have become so used to, but hope a resolution is found and soon. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Interesting - any idea how far a bee needs to be from a phone mast to not be affected by the electromagnetism?

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      It's pretty crazy when you think that something we have not had for thousands of year is now considered a necessity!!! Why? It's easy, because there's money to be made!!! It's pretty sad, hey? Short sighted greed takes precedence over everything, even nature's fragile future (our future).

      Thank you Ruchia for this insighful and revealing hub. My votes to you and sharing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I have always wondered about cell phones. They are a new phenomenon with regards to the history of the planet and there's NO WAY we can know about its far-reaching effects. I have long since suspected that a combo of our modern conveniences and pesticides have given rise to the mass extinction of animals that is going on right now on our planet. The system is so out of balance and we need to be judicious in our use of technology and other unnatural products. Thank you for being a steward of responsibility and of Mother Earth. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Before I read this, I never realized that cells phones and transmissions had any effect on the lives of bees. This is pretty alarming. This is a very important and informative hub.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      What has happened to our society? I have a cell phone which I only use if necessary. For example, telling a friend I am running late.

      I never understand people who are constantly talking on their phones. God forbid they are silent for a few minutes.

      Voted up and away!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Such a connection was indeed not anticipated!!!!

      Gosh! I think we can certainly survive without cell phones... look at us HP friends... the best of pals without even seeing each other

      But bees... they are the essence of pollination and an essential part of the life cycle in plants...

      Their extinction would be fatal!!

      The message needs to spread!!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting hub, I never knew the effects cell phone towers had on the bee population. Thank you for writing this very informative article. I totally learned something new tonight!

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for your input. Apologize for the delay in responding.

      Hi Trsmd,

      Yes, we are damaging our selves. Thanks for the read and support. Appreciate it.

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      We are not only killing bees because of cellphone, we are damaging ourselves because of the radiation from the mobile. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Brenda 8 years ago

      Gosh! how will we survive without both of them!