There is a potential crisis looming that will affect all farmers -green and otherwise- and ultimately food availability and prices. Populations of N. American wild and domestic bees have been plummeting and no one is quite sure why. While this might please people who don't like bugs or are allergic to bee stings, it's really bad news for farmers and consumers. Bees are required to pollinate most crops of flowering plants. And simply put, no pollination means no fruits to sell and eat and no seeds for subsequent planting.
I've been aware of this for quite some time but it was recently brought to my attention again during a broadcast by Marty Moss-Coane's radio show on my local NPR member station WHYY (Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on 91FM Philadelphia).
Marty interviewed entomologists Maryann Frazier (Penn State) and Neal Williams (Bryn Mawr College) who cited an uptick in populations of parasites as a potential cause of the high bee mortality rate but could not exclude other causes.
Now it looks like cell phones and other devices that emit radio waves might be a factor. Suffice it to say that I'm amazed. Read this and you'll freak Are mobile phones wiping out our bees? - Independent Online Edition > Wildlife
You can listen to Marty's broadcast here (Click 4/5/07: Hour 2)