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Electrosmog

EDITOR:

While searching for a topic that I could present at our local Nature Bowl competition I came across an alarming problem that will ultimately affect us all. I feel that it is important for all of us to be aware of electrosmog and how it is affecting our bee population. After many hours of research I prepared a speech to present at Nature Bowl in Coloma last month.

With the help of my teammates we won first place, and now have the opportunity to go to the finals. I would like to share my speech with you in order for everyone to have the opportunity to help our bees by giving them an electrosmog break.

Animals with a navigation system, like bees, are sensitive to electromagnetic fields.

When cell phones are used around bees they get confused and can’t find their way back to the hive.

Mobile phones are sources of “electrosmog” that causes bees to loose their bearings.

This decreases the bees honey production, egg production and causes many of the bees to die.

In the past few years the bee population has decreased 30 percent in the United States.

Bees pollinate 90 percent of the crops worldwide.

The orchards in El Dorado County would be greatly affected, especially all of the apple trees in Apple Hill.

Eighty seven percent of the world’s population has cell phones.

Can you imagine how confused the bees are when everyone is talking, texting, checking their e-mail, posting on Twitter and Facebook?

If all of the people got together and spent less time on their cell phones the bees would have a chance to find their way back to their hives and increase the bee population.

Some ways people can make this happen would be to limit cell phone use by using the home phone and computer.

Another way is to write your cell phone carrier about the possible use of other frequencies that don’t disrupt bees.

Remember, bees are a very important part of our everyday life, so lets all give them an “electrosomg” break.

JENNIFER ISAACSON
Shingle Springs

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